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Zeeya Merali: on 1/7/14 at 21:20pm UTC, wrote The first audio from FQXi's 4th International Conference on Vieques Island...


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FQXi Administrator Zeeya Merali wrote on Jan. 7, 2014 @ 21:20 GMT
"What is this?"
The first audio from FQXi's 4th International Conference on Vieques Island is now available. You can now listen to Monday's panel discussion on the impact of quantum information, both in practical terms now and in the future and also for our understanding of the foundations of reality. (For more on the some of the hoped for theoretical advances see Sophie Hebden's three-part profile of Caslav Brukner and colleagues' work.)

The panelists are quantum physicists Caslav Brukner, at the University of Vienna, Raymond Laflamme, at the University of Waterloo, Andrew Briggs, at the University of Oxford, Gerardo Adesso, at the University of Nottingham, and Sorin Paraoanu at Aalto University. The discussion is moderated by William Wootters at Williams College.

The photo shows some of the panellists (Brukner, Briggs, Laflamme & Paraoanu). Laflamme has an object in his hand and is asking the audience to identify it. You'll have to listen to the podcast to find out the answer.

The panellists cover a range of issues, including when we will (or will not) have a quantum computer (bets are made), the recent injection of £270 million into quantum technologies by the UK government, where quantum computing is currently failing (why aren't there more quantum algorithms?), how physics education could be improved, and how to (try to) order dinner in a "quantum restaurant."

What questions do you think were missed?

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John Brodix Merryman wrote on Jan. 8, 2014 @ 03:10 GMT
As usual, my satellite hookup and old mac can't cooperate long enough to download the whole podcast.

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