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The art of computing with parallel universes: Quantum computing explained

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The world of quantum is a fascinating one. It presents a description of nature that challenges our most routed concepts on what reality is. For example, quantum objects possess spooky properties that allow them to be in multiple places at the same time, to move in different directions simultaneously, or to exist and not to exist; in other words, to live several parallel stories all at once.

Harnessing the power of these parallel “universes” to compute is the realm of quantum computing, a world in which information is processed using the laws of quantum. Nowadays, quantum computers are a subject of extensive experimental and theoretical research since it is known that a quantum computer will outperform the most powerful computers invented up to date when tackling a specific set of problems.

We do not have a working quantum computer yet but the promise of such paradigm shift in information processing has triggered an industrial race to be the first in developing a quantum computer, a goal now within reach.

If you are interested in learning how a quantum computer would change the world forever do come to my seminar in which I will try to answer the questions: What is a quantum computer and how it actually uses spooky physics to work? What can it do for you and for the betterment of society? And, how could a quantum computer look like in the future?

This talk is part of the Wolfson College Science Society talks series.

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