This talk doesn't really fit the mobile space, however I thought I'd create a submission to provide something a little bit different. The abstract begins below:

Quantum computing: spooky computational weirdness, is it a computer or isn't it? Or is it both a computer and not a computer at the same time? What would Schrödinger do?

If you are interested in what makes up a quantum computer, in what a quantum system looks like, as well as how quantum systems compare with existing (classical) systems then join me for an overview of the nuts and bolts of quantum computing.

You don't need to be a Dr. of Maths or a Professor of Computer Science to attend this presentation, you just need to be curious and ready to learn.

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Outline/structure of the Session

The talk will be based around and PowerPoint presentation, loosely broken into the following parts:
- Introduction
- Why? What problem are we trying to solve?
- Classical vs. Quantum Systems
- A little maths revision: linear algebra and matrix algebra (don't worry, you won't have to lock the doors to stop people fleeing the room!)
- How to read quantum system terminology
- Comparison of different sized quantum registers
- Real life examples of qhat quantum systems are useful for
- Production quantum machines - when do I get my own?
- How far off is the technology? What currently exists? What stage(s) is the research at?
- How far off is the industry? A look at issues facing commercialising quantum technology
- Next steps for the curious: Q# - a quantum computing simulator written in C# for OO shaped people
- Q & A session (hopefully there is time for this)

Learning Outcome

To understand:
1. The differences between quantum and classical systems
2. Why quantum systems are needed
3. Why classical systems are bad at quantum work
4. Why quantum systems are bad at classical work
5. What applications quantum systems will be useful for
6. How far off quantum universal computers are

Target Audience

Computer science people, technologists, futurists, anyone who is curious!


No prerequisites at all!

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