An Introduction to Quantum Computing

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You may well have heard of Quantum Computing, a computing paradigm based on the rather weird world of quantum mechanics where a Qubit can be 1 and 0 at the same time. While it promises an enormous step change in the speed of some types of currently intractable calculations, including those that underpin our current information security technologies, it has always been 10-15 years away. But what is the current status of Quantum Computing research? Who are the players in the hardware and software of quantum? What will the killer applications really be? And is it still 10-15 years away?

In this session we will be talking to Ilyas Khan about these questions. Ilyas is the Founder and CEO of Cambridge Quantum Computing ("CQC"). Headquartered in Cambridge and with a presence in London and the USA, CQC is the world's leading independent quantum algorithm developer and also has a strong focus on AI. Prior to establishing CQC, Ilyas was the founding partner in Accelerate Cambridge, the University of Cambridge Judge Business school's highly successful accelerator programme. Ilyas is also the Chairman of The Stephen Hawking Foundation and a Fellow of St Edmund's College, Cambridge. He is a regular and extensive writer, commentator and speaker on topics relating to quantum computing, computational complexity and free will in the context of quantum information, and has a long standing interest in the philosophy of mathematics. He is a Life Member of the American Mathematical Society.

This session will give you insight into what Quantum Computing really is, what it promises to deliver, and views on when it might be a reality.

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      Jim

      The clarity and passion that Ilyas Khan has for this subject is exceptional.

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      cambridgequ​antum

      @Jim: Jim hi, thank you for that I really enjoyed the video. It was a lot of fun.

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      StephenPSA

      Thank you very much for that. Very enlightening. What a thrill to think I probably will still be around when QC becomes a (practical) reality.

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      vidngn

      Thank you! I've always wanted to learn more about QC. 

      @cambridgequantum: Could a Quantum AI ever develop intuition? Humans have two pathways to solve problems: logical reasoning and intuition. And intuition is a much faster and immediate way to solve problems without conscious step reasoning.  Is "quantum" intuition possible? Can a quantum computer ever get this fast? A "subconsciousness" kind of fast, I mean. 

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      cambridgequ​antum

      @vidngn:Hi. Quantum Machine Learning is a very important part of the way in which quantum information scientists are looking at using the first processors as they become available. There is a lot of good, solid, scientifically grounded information available in different sources on this, and a lot of people ask the same question that you have asked. I am excited by the potential for quantum machine learning to derive more accuracy and more relevance in many many areas that are currently far from "exact", especially with respect to seeing "information" from large and complex data sets. In this respect quantum computers may well seem as if they possess intuition, but I would be cautious in expecting too much more at this stage. I would close however by saying that it is still very early days, and the one thing that is clear is that smart people will find ways to make quantum computing exciting to use and will mark a break with our expectation from certain types of computation. Remember a quantum computer is likely to be better than the fastest super computers only in certain ways, not for every problem, and there are certain problems that are likely difficult.

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