Transformational Opportunities of Quantum Information Technologies

Saturday, 14 February 2015: 3:00 PM-4:30 PM
Room 210CD (San Jose Convention Center)
For the past half-century, advances in transistor-based computing have radically transformed the technological landscape and generated an incredible amount of wealth. As Moore’s law predicts, this sustained increase in computing power will soon reach its physical limits. What is the next great technological revolution? Quantum mechanics allows us to manipulate and process information in a fundamentally different way. Harnessing quantum mechanics will fundamentally change technology in the near future. Once a theoretical exercise, a global race is now on to build the elusive quantum computer -- a computer that will allow us to solve today’s intractable problems. From ultra-secure communications to highly accurate and efficient sensors, quantum information technologies will transform many industries as we know them -- sooner than you may think. Prototype quantum computers are being developed around the world, early quantum information security systems are currently available in the marketplace, and some quantum sensors already surpass their traditional counterparts. We are at the cusp of the quantum information revolution. This symposium will be a moderated discussion between directors of three of the world's leading quantum information research institutes, focusing on the past, present, and future of quantum information technologies.
Martin Laforest, Institute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo
Jenny Hogan, National University of Singapore
Kate Lunau, Maclean's
Artur Ekert, National University of Singapore
The Origin of Quantum Information Technologies
Raymond Laflamme, University of Waterloo
What Does the Future Hold for Quantum Information Technologies?
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