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The Quantum Pontiff

A College of Quantum Cardinals

Last Build Date: Mon, 22 May 2017 18:08:55 +0000


Quantum Advantage

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 15:11:36 +0000

Update (22 May 2017): This Scirate thread seems to have touched a nerve. Since this was previously buried in the comments here, it’s worth promoting to the top of the post. I think that “quantum computational supremacy” addresses the concern. Basically, we use … Continue reading

Seattle for QIPers

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 06:06:23 +0000

QIP 2017 is coming to Seattle, hosted by the QuArC group at Microsoft, January 16-20 (with tutorials on the 14th and 15th). If you have some spare moments, maybe you arrive early, or maybe you are planning for the afternoon … Continue reading

5 Years!

Sat, 16 Jul 2016 16:12:55 +0000

Five years ago I (it’s me Dave Bacon former supposed pseudo-professor and one time quantum pontiff) jumped off the academic ship, swam to shore, and put on a new set of clothes as a software developer for Google. Can it … Continue reading

Hazards of “Shut up and calculate”

Sat, 26 Mar 2016 03:31:41 +0000

Three quantum physicists show why no interpretation is the worst.

What If Papers Had APIs?

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 04:06:02 +0000

API is an abbreviation that stands for “Application Program Interface.” Roughly speaking an API is a specification of a software component in terms of the operations one can perform with that component. For example, a common kind of an API … Continue reading

QIP 2015 Talks Available

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 03:22:20 +0000

Talks from QIP 2015 are now available on this YouTube channel. Great to see! I’m still amazed by the wondrous technology that allows me to watch talks given on the other side of the world, at my own leisure, on … Continue reading

QIP 2015 business meeting

Fri, 20 Feb 2015 07:00:23 +0000

A QIP 2015 epilogue: our notes from the business meeting. See also this post by Kaushik Seshadreesan. Business Meeting Report local organizing committee report Finance: $193,545 – $191,467 = $2,478 profit! registration income: $185,340 refunds, about $3,000 external sponsorships: $30,450, … Continue reading

QIP 2015 zombie-blogging, Day 5

Mon, 16 Feb 2015 03:40:44 +0000

Today’s highlight: an algorithm running in time , also known as “polynomial time” or “efficient”. Joseph Fitzsimons and Thomas Vidick. A multiprover interactive proof system for the local Hamiltonian problem(Plenary Talk) abstract arXiv:1409.0260 Thomas begins by reminding everyone about what … Continue reading

QIP 2015 dead-blogging, Day 4

Tue, 03 Feb 2015 22:22:10 +0000

Warning for typical QIP attendees — This first talk may have some implications for the real world 🙂 Andrea Mari, Vittorio Giovannetti, Alexander S. Holevo, R. Garcia-Patron and N. J. Cerf. Majorization and entropy at the output of bosonic Gaussian … Continue reading

QIP 2015 “live”-blogging, Day 3

Sat, 24 Jan 2015 10:25:09 +0000

We promise we’ll finish posting these soon! Day 3 was only a half day of talks with a free afternoon, and the rainy weather of the first two days finally subsided just in time. Jean-Pierre Tillich Decoding Quantum LDPC Codes … Continue reading