Quantum Thought Leaders

  • Sultana: The Girl Who Refused To Stop Learning
    Caltech attracts some truly unique individuals from all across the globe with a passion for figuring things out. But there was one young woman on campus this past summer whose journey towards scientific research was uniquely inspiring. Sultana spent the summer at Caltech in the SURF program, working on ... read more
    Source: Quantum Frontiers – A blog by Quantum Information and Matter @ CaltechOctober 14, 2019
  • Book Review: ‘The AI Does Not Hate You’ by Tom Chivers
    A couple weeks ago I read The AI Does Not Hate You: Superintelligence, Rationality, and the Race to Save the World, the first-ever book-length examination of the modern rationalist community, by British journalist Tom Chivers. I was planning to review it here, before it got preempted by the news of ... read more
    Source: Shtetl-Optimized – The blog of Scott AaronsonOctober 7, 2019
  • From quantum supremacy to classical fallacy
    Maybe I should hope that people never learn to distinguish for themselves which claimed breakthroughs in building new forms of computation are obviously serious, and which ones are obviously silly. For as long as they don’t, this blog will always serve at least one purpose. People will cite it, tweet ... read more
    Source: Shtetl-Optimized – The blog of Scott AaronsonOctober 3, 2019
  • Scott’s Supreme Quantum Supremacy FAQ!
    You’ve seen the stories—in the Financial Times, Technology Review, CNET, Facebook, Reddit, Twitter, or elsewhere—saying that a group at Google has now achieved quantum computational supremacy with a 53-qubit superconducting device. While these stories are easy to find, I’m not going to link to them here, for the simple reason ... read more
    Source: Shtetl-Optimized – The blog of Scott AaronsonSeptember 23, 2019
  • Yes, seasoned scientists do extraordinary science.
    Imagine that you earned tenure and your field’s acclaim decades ago. Perhaps you received a Nobel Prize. Perhaps you’re directing an institute for science that you helped invent. Do you still do science? Does mentoring youngsters, advising the government, raising funds, disentangling logistics, presenting keynote addresses at conferences, chairing committees, ... read more
    Source: Quantum Frontiers – A blog by Quantum Information and Matter @ CaltechSeptember 23, 2019
  • Blurry but clear enough
    My vision is blurry right now, because yesterday I had a procedure called corneal cross-linking, intended to prevent further deterioration of my eyes as I get older. But I can see clearly enough to tap out a post with random thoughts about the world. I’m happy that the Netanyahu era ... read more
    Source: Shtetl-Optimized – The blog of Scott AaronsonSeptember 20, 2019
  • Counting women in physics
    by Floor van Riggelen Take a close look at this famous picture. These are the people who attended the fifth Solvay International Conference (1927), where the leading physicists of that time discuss the newly formulated quantum theory. What stands out to me is that this is quite a homogeneous group: ... read more
    Source: Bits of Quantum – A blog by QUTechSeptember 19, 2019
  • Paul Bernays Lectures
    Last week, I had the honor of giving the annual Paul Bernays Lectures at ETH Zürich. My opening line: “as I look at the list of previous Bernays Lecturers—many of them Nobel physics laureates, Fields Medalists, etc.—I think to myself, how badly did you have to screw up this year ... read more
    Source: Shtetl-Optimized – The blog of Scott AaronsonSeptember 9, 2019
  • Distinguishing the Identical!
    What does it mean for two things to be identical? Intuition tell us that if you are able to do a measurement or experiment such that you can detect a difference, then those two items are not identical. However, this statement of identical seems to be dependant on the abilities ... read more
    Source: quanta rei – quantum science facts and ideas flowing from the Univ. of Nottingham (UK)September 9, 2019
  • A rare classified ad
    Dana and I are searching for a live-in nanny for our two kids, Lily (age 6) and Daniel (age 2). We can offer $750/week. We can also offer a private room with a full bathroom and a beautiful view in our home in central Austin, TX, as well as free ... read more
    Source: Shtetl-Optimized – The blog of Scott AaronsonSeptember 7, 2019
  • A nerdocratic oath
    Recently, my Facebook wall was full of discussion about instituting an oath for STEM workers, analogous to the Hippocratic oath for doctors.  Perhaps some of the motivation for this comes from a worldview I can’t get behind—one that holds STEM nerds almost uniquely responsible for the world’s evils.  Nevertheless, on ... read more
    Source: Shtetl-Optimized – The blog of Scott AaronsonAugust 30, 2019
  • Quantum conflict resolution
    If only my coauthors and I had quarreled. I was working with Tony Bartolotta, a PhD student in theoretical physics at Caltech, and Jason Pollack, a postdoc in cosmology at the University of British Columbia. They acted as the souls of consideration. We missed out on dozens of opportunities to bicker—about ... read more
    Source: Quantum Frontiers – A blog by Quantum Information and Matter @ CaltechAugust 25, 2019
  • Protected: The quantum ENIAC and Schrodinger’s glass
    This post is password protected. You must visit the website and enter the password to continue reading. ... read more
    Source: Quantum Wizardry, Etcetera – Earl T. CampbellAugust 3, 2019
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