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Seth Lloyd – Quantum Computer Reality

Quantum computing is widely considered to be:

* The most potentially transformative technology of this century;
* Nothing but hope and hype.

A reliable reporter who is familiar with all of the rich variety of quantum research going on and the reality of the remarkable progress in the field (along with its still-expanding potential) is quantum pioneer Seth Lloyd, professor of mechanical engineering and physics at MIT.

Lloyd describes himself as a mechanic of quantum computing, quantum communication, and quantum biology. He is director of MIT’s Center for Extreme Quantum Information Theory, which is working on breakthroughs in general-purpose optimization, vastly enhanced communication, and ultra-precise measurement. In his book “Programming the Universe” (2006) he proposes that the universe is a vast quantum computer that can eventually be completely understood through local-scale quantum computation.

“Quantum Computer Reality” was given on August 09, 02016 as part of Long Now’s Seminar series. The series was started in 02003 to build a compelling body of ideas about long-term thinking from some of the world’s leading thinkers. The Seminars take place in San Francisco and are curated and hosted by Stewart Brand. To follow the talks, you can:

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