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The International Race For A Quantum Computer

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Date: Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Speaker:  Stephanie Simmons, Simon Fraser University

Abstract:

Silicon transistors, the essential building block of most modern electronic devices, cannot shrink much further without being rendered inoperable by quantum mechanics. This classical-quantum threshold in fact presents a tremendous opportunity: if we harness quantum mechanics, rather than attempt to avoid it, we could build a quantum computer. Quantum computers will open up a world of opportunities — they could accomplish certain computational tasks exponentially faster which would otherwise be forever impractical. During this lecture, Dr. Simmons will discuss various quantum computing approaches, how quantum technologies will change our lives in a very fundamental way, and provide a snapshot of the accelerating worldwide race to build a prototype.

Host: Brian Smith

Time: 4:00-5:00pm
Location:  100 Willamette Hall

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