Midnight In The Desert — quantum computing

Wed June 6 - Charles Ostman - Walking into the Quantum Age

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Wed June 6 - Charles Ostman - Walking into the Quantum Age

Tonight one of our favorite "Future Tech" guests will tell us about Quantum networks, Quantum computing, synthetic biology, AI, and synthetic sentience… and how they are all interconnected. What is the Quantum Age? How is Artificial Intelligence affecting our human existence? How does the government use AI to its benefit. What is "Quantum Computing" and how is it really going to help us or hurt us. BIO: Charles Ostman has 35+ years experience in the fields of electronics, physics, materials science, computing, various forms of applied AI, including eight years at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley,...

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Are we all quantum computers? Scientists are conducting tests to find out

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Are we all quantum computers? Scientists are conducting tests to find out

It's possible that our own human brains are capable of performing advanced quantum computing calculations - and now scientists are conducting a series of detailed experiments to try and find out for sure. It's easy to think of computers and brains as similar – both process information, and make decisions, and deal with inputs and outputs. But some scientists think the incredible complexity of the brain can only be explained by quantum mechanics. In other words, phenomena like quantum entanglement and superposition, all the knotty stuff of quantum physics, are actually regular occurrences inside our brains. Not everyone is so...

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We’ve figured out how to ensure quantum computers can be trusted

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We’ve figured out how to ensure quantum computers can be trusted

What good is a fast computer if you can’t trust it? Thanks to half a century of research on getting computers to do their job correctly even in the presence of mechanical errors, our modern machines tend to be pretty reliable. Unfortunately, the laws of quantum mechanics render all that research useless for quantum computers, the sheer complexity of which leaves them prone to errors. Now, we finally have the first demonstration of a quantum program that can detect data corruption. Two research groups – one from the University of Maryland and Georgia Tech and the other from IBM –...

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How China Is Using Quantum Physics to Take Over the World and Stop Hackers

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How China Is Using Quantum Physics to Take Over the World and Stop Hackers

The Nazis knew secret communication was the key to world domination. Their prize technology was the electromechanical Enigma machine, an encryption device that allowed German tank divisions, embassies and even submarines to send scrambled radio messages to the Reich during World War II. They believed their system was unbreakable. It was—until a young British mathematician named Alan Turing realized that the signal could be unscrambled if he could create a machine to systematically try thousands of key combinations that would eventually hit upon an intelligible message. The result was the world’s first computer. Britain’s ability to read Germany’s secret codes...

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Quantum weirdness once again shows we're not living in a computer simulation

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Quantum weirdness once again shows we're not living in a computer simulation

Questions of whether our reality is a simulation of something deeper have kept philosophers and freshmen awake since Plato was a pup. A pair of physicists sleep a lot easier at night now that they've shown that quantum weirdness involving twists in space-time can't conceivably be simulated, adding to a list of problems that The Matrix would have no answer for. Sorry Neo. Theoretical physicists Zohar Ringel and Dmitry Kovrizhin from the University of Oxford and the Hebrew University in Israel found a solid road-block to solving algorithms involving quantum-based Monte Carlo simulations. The short version is, it basically means...

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