The Countdown to Quantum Computing

Last week I shared with you that mathematician Gil Kalai doesn't believe quantum computing is possible. He says the math just isn't there to ever achieve reliable, practical error correction.  Not that Dr. Kalai is alone in this belief, but there sure are a lot of major players that seem to think we're on the verge of one of the biggest shifts in computing in the last 100 years.

Driving into Quantum Computing with Team Volkswagen

I'm truly excited today to bring you this interview. When I first read about Volkswagen and D-Wave teaming up on traffic optimization, I wanted to get to the team to learn more about exactly what they were up to. Traffic optimization is exciting, to be sure. But high-performance batteries for electric vehicles? Vehicles with artificial intelligence? That's some hot stuff, right? So I wanted to get this talented team to answer some questions, and boy did they deliver.

Will Two Quantum Computing Milestones Be Announced in the Next Few Weeks?

The Financial Times reports two "scientific milestones" will be announced in the "next few weeks" by Microsoft and Google, but my Google Home says not so fast. Will Microsoft and Google be making major quantum-related announcements soon? According to the Financial Times, Microsoft and Google are prepared for big leaps in quantum computing, but I'm a little suspicious.

Bill Gates Says He Doesn’t Understand Quantum Computing, and That’s a Big Problem

There's a huge elephant in the room we need to discuss. Bill Gates admitted to Wall Street Journal Magazine that quantum computing leaves him baffled. Satya Nadella said he can't explain it in a sentence. If we're going to build quantum computing into a multibillion-dollar industry, we're going to have to make it understandable and accessible. We're going to have to be able to explain it in a sentence, and people with far less experience than Mr. Gates have to be able to grok it.

Understanding a Potential “Speed Limit” for Quantum Computing

Since we can't measure departure or arrival times without a delay, there may be a "quantum speed limit." Stay with me, here. I recently read an article by Sebastian Deffner that I found fascinating. In his piece, Professor Deffner discusses the discovery of a "quantum speed limit" that will effectively govern how fast quantum computers will actually operate. You're probably thinking the same thing I did. What does that mean?

Wired thinks “Quantum Computing Is the Next Big Security Risk”

Cracking encryption schemes is about time and resources, nothing more. With enough time and enough resources, I can break any scheme we have thus far devised. So quantum computers are scary because . . . ? They have the potential to solve certain problems faster? Maybe the issue isn't with quantum computers, but with the way we secure our valuable, private, and/or classified data?

Six Quantum Experts Share Their Christmas Wish Lists

As I sat there on Christmas Eve morning, I saw the end of the year coming fast. I wanted to come up with a few last 2017 posts that might actually be of some interest. So I reached out to some of the stars of the quantum universe and asked them to share their Christmas wish lists (and in one case, a present). I took the best wish from each and included it below. Here's what some of your favorite quantum computing peeps hope they'll get this year.

ARL’s Dr. Brian La Cour Discusses Quantum Emulation and Childhood Ambition

I'm psyched this week to share my interview with Dr. Brian La Cour, Director of the Center for Quantum Research at Applied Research Laboratories. His current research interests are quantum computing, contextuality, and quantum foundations. He's already published several papers this year, including "Using Quantum Emulation for Advanced Computation," which was one of the main reasons I wanted to talk to him.