Quantum Thought Leaders

You’ll hear that it’s not as simple as the Israelis are good guys and Palestinians are bad guys, or vice versa. And that’s true. But it’s also not so complicated that there are no clearly identifiable good guys or bad guys. It’s just that they cut across the sides. The... Read more
Published on: 2021-05-16
For those who read my reply to Richard Borcherds on “teapot supremacy”: seeking better data, I ordered a dozen terra cotta flowerpots, and smashed eight of them on my driveway with my 4-year-old son, dropping each one from approximately 2 meters. For each flowerpot, we counted how many pieces it... Read more
Published on: 2021-05-10
Peter Singer, in the parable that came to represent his whole worldview and that of the effective altruism movement more generally, asked us to imagine that we could save a drowning child at the cost of jumping into a lake and ruining an expensive new suit. Assuming we’d do that,... Read more
Published on: 2021-04-25
Richard Borcherds is a British mathematician at Berkeley, who won the 1998 Fields Medal for the proof of the monstrous moonshine conjecture among many other contributions. A couple months ago, Borcherds posted on YouTube a self-described “rant” about quantum computing, which was recently making the rounds on Facebook and which... Read more
Published on: 2021-04-20
Happy National Poetry Month! The United States salutes word and whimsy in April, and Quantum Frontiers is continuing its tradition of celebrating. As a resident of Cambridge, Massachusetts and as a quantum information scientist, I have trouble avoiding the poem … Continue reading →... Read more
Last week I got an email from Dina Katabi, my former MIT colleague, asking me to call her urgently. Am I in trouble? For what, though?? I haven’t even worked at MIT for five years! Luckily, Dina only wanted to tell me that I’d been selected to receive the 2020... Read more
Published on: 2021-04-14
What Quantum Computing circuit is this in the IBM Quantum Composer? What is it doing? Name the parts. I think the Composer is extraordinarily elegant. The post A #QuantumComputing mini-quiz for 2021-04-11 appeared first on Dr. Bob Sutor.... Read more
Published on: 2021-04-11
Finnish Quantum Institute Announced ” Aalto University, University of Helsinki and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland have signed an agreement to collaborate on quantum science and technology, under the umbrella of InstituteQ: The Finnish Quantum Institute. InstituteQ brings together expertise in research, education, and innovation to drive Finland’s world-leading... Read more
Published on: 2021-04-11
Oded Goldreich is a theoretical computer scientist at the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot, Israel. He’s best known for helping to lay the rigorous foundations of cryptography in the 1980s, through seminal results like the Goldreich-Levin Theorem (every one-way function can be modified to have a hard-core predicate), the Goldreich-Goldwasser-Micali Theorem... Read more
Published on: 2021-04-09
The post Photo: Close-up of an #IBMQuantum cryostat appeared first on Dr. Bob Sutor.... Read more
Published on: 2021-04-08
My son Daniel had his fourth birthday a couple weeks ago. For a present, he got an electric train set. (For completeness—and since the details of the train set will be rather important to the post—it’s called “WESPREX Create a Dinosaur Track”, but this is not an ad and I’m... Read more
Published on: 2021-04-04
RIKEN, Fujitsu Launch R&D Center in First Step Toward Realization of Superconducting Quantum Computers “Under their joint R&D activities, the two partners aim to develop foundational technologies for realizing fault tolerant superconducting quantum computers that contribute to solving persistent challenges facing society through comprehensive and efficient research at each technology... Read more
Published on: 2021-04-04
Rust vs. Go: How to choose | InfoWorld “Do you want execution speed or developer speed? Memory safety or easy concurrency? Here’s how to decide between Rust and Go.” tags: coding rust go Why Julia is Turning Heads in 2021 “When Julia was conceived in 2009 at MIT the goal... Read more
Published on: 2021-03-28
IBM Quantum simulators – IBM Quantum “IBM Quantum features a collection of high-performance simulators for prototyping quantum circuits and algorithms, and exploring their performance under realistic device noise models.” tags: qc simulators Quantum.Tech 2021 “The world’s first, and largest event bringing together industry, research institutions, government agencies and investors whose... Read more
Published on: 2021-03-28
The IBM Quantum Experience is now two tools: the IBM Quantum Composer and the IBM Quantum Lab. In the first, you can create circuits by drag and drop, run them on a range of hardware and simulators backends, and visualize the results in several ways. The IBM Quantum Lab is... Read more
Published on: 2021-03-22
I used to catch lizards—brown anoles, as I learned to call them later—as a child. They were colored as their name suggests, were about as long as one of my hands, and resented my attention. But they frequented our back … Continue reading →... Read more
How does the brain interpret computer languages? | Ars Technica “Neuroscientists detect a distinct brain network that grows stronger with practice.” tags:coding python Python in VS Code Improves Jedi Language Server Support — Visual Studio Magazine “For the March 2021 update of Microsoft’s Python extension — by far the most... Read more
Published on: 2021-03-21
Lena Funcke receives Leona Woods Lectureship Award | EurekAlert! Science News ““We have implemented the method on IBM quantum hardware, which reduces the readout error by up to one order of magnitude,” she said. “We hope this method will bring us a step closer to exploring physical phenomena on noisy... Read more
Published on: 2021-03-21
For years, I’d sometimes hear discussions about the ethics of quantum computing research. Quantum ethics! When the debates weren’t purely semantic, over the propriety of terms like “quantum supremacy” or “ancilla qubit,” they were always about chin-strokers like “but what if cracking RSA encryption gives governments more power to surveil... Read more
Published on: 2021-03-21
Pattern matching tutorial for Pythonic code | Pydon’t | Mathspp “Structural pattern matching is coming in Python 3.10 and this article explores how to use it to write Pythonic code, showing the best use cases for the match statement.” tags:coding Python Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links... Read more
Published on: 2021-03-18