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Claude Crepeau: Alice and Bob's Strange Adventures in Quantumland

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When 2006-10-12
from 18:00 to 19:00
Where Redpath Museum Auditorium
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The Cutting Edge: Royal Society Lectures in Science

Abstract:

Computer science is facing an unavoidable frontier: as we keep building smaller and smaller computer components, within a few decades, we will hit the scale where the rules of nature are quantum mechanical instead of classical. This could be considered as a drawback, but as it will be explained in this talk, it appears to be a "better" world: A world where information processing can solve certain tasks faster, more completely or achieve situations impossible in our classical world. The big question is: "Will we be able to tame the quantum world and build this amazing computer?" Follow Alice and Bob through a journey that will explore the new possibilities of the quantum computer. No background on quantum physics is expected.

Wine and cheese reception to follow.

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