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John Preskill on Quantum Computing
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Quantum computing is a rapidly advancing field with the potential to revolutionize information processing, but practical applications and the development of secure systems are uncertain, and progress is expected in the next few years.

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    Quantum computing, with its power and potential, has been a topic of interest for physicists for decades, and is now becoming a reality in the lab with the development of quantum error correction.
    • Richard Fineman, a Caltech physicist, emphasized the power of quantum computing over 30 years ago, after being involved in computation during the war and following the evolution of computing technology in the 1970s.
    • In the 1970s, physicists began simulating the behavior of quarks with digital computers, but the resources required were out of reach, leading to the idea of a quantum computer, which caught on when Peter Shor suggested it could solve problems related to numbers, but some argued it couldn't be built due to the difficulty of isolating systems from the environment.
    • Quantum error correction is a theory developed in the mid-90s that encodes quantum states to protect them from environmental interactions, and is now becoming a reality in the lab.
    • Entanglement is a characteristic way in which quantum physics is different from classical physics, where a physical system with many interacting parts is in a complex correlated state that cannot be determined by looking at the parts individually.
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    Quantum computing uses the properties of entanglement and interference to process information in a new way, with unpredictable impact on information processing.
    • Quantum entanglement encodes information in correlations between particles, making it difficult to access, but quantum error correction takes advantage of this property to protect against errors.
    • Quantum information is fragile because when you look at it, you disturb it, but quantum error correction can encode information in entanglement so the environment can't find out anything about it.
    • Grover's algorithm is a way of speeding up the exhaustive search through many possibilities using the property of interference in quantum physics.
    • Interference occurs when different alternatives can add up in a way that is different from what we are used to, and this is important for quantum computing as it can enhance the probability or time it takes to find the solution to a problem.
    • Quantum computers will process information in a completely new way due to interference phenomenon and entanglement, making it difficult to predict their impact on information processing.
    • The first browser had uncertain potential, but it was believed to have a transformative effect on society.
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    Quantum computing can solve complex problems related to materials, catalysts, and quantum systems, but practical applications are uncertain and progress is expected in the next few years.
    • Quantum computing can help solve problems related to understanding and inventing new materials, designing better catalysts, and predicting the behavior of quantum systems.
    • Quantum computing can speed up solving complex problems, but it may not be a big deal practically speaking, as it only allows for solving problems twice as big in the same amount of time.
    • Quantum physics problems, including simulating the behavior of quantum systems and number theoretic problems with cryptological implications, are difficult to solve classically and require larger quantum computers than currently available.
    • Quantum computing hardware has been worked on for 20 years with no clear consensus on the best approach, but progress is expected in the next few years.
    • Near-term quantum computers with 50-100 cubits are too complex for digital computers to simulate, and while their practical applications are uncertain, they will be used to explore chemistry, materials, and optimization problems.
    • Improving the reliability of quantum gates is equally important as increasing the number of qubits for enabling larger circuits and better optimization, and there are various ways to deal with interference in quantum devices.
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    Superconducting circuits and trapped ions are the most advanced quantum technologies for controlling and interacting with qubits, but topologically protected qubits and electron spins in silicon have potential to surpass them in the long term.
    • Trapped ions and superconductivity circuits are two ways to control and interact with qubits in quantum computing.
    • Superconducting circuits use the direction of current flow in a loop of wire to encode information as qubits, which can be controlled extremely well.
    • Microsoft is working on topological quantum computing, which aims to create a much better qubit that can be controlled much better using a completely different hardware approach.
    • Superconducting circuits' coherence times have increased by a factor of 10 every 3 years for the past 15 years due to better materials, fabrication, and control, making control the critical factor for achieving further progress.
    • The key to building a successful quantum computer is to get qubits to interact in the desired way, but the complexity of stabilizing qubits that can wander around in the space of possible configurations makes it much harder to control.
    • Superconducting circuits and trapped ions are currently the most advanced quantum technologies, but other approaches like topologically protected qubits and electron spins in silicon have potential to surpass them in the long term, and companies are working on developing the full stack of hardware, software, and user interface for quantum computing.
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    Quantum information can be stored in nuclear spins and quantum cryptography allows for secure communication, but there is currently no proposed system that the world has sufficient confidence in to resist quantum computers.
    • Quantum information can be stored in nuclear spins at low temperatures, making it possible to carry it in your pocket.
    • Quantum computers pose a threat to current encryption schemes, such as RSA and elliptic curve cryptography, which rely on the presumed hardness of computational problems that quantum computers will be able to solve.
    • There are attempts being made to develop post quantum cryptographic protocols that are resistant to quantum computers, but there is currently no proposed system that the world has sufficient confidence in.
    • Public key schemes and quantum key distribution allow for secure communication by sending keys that cannot be reverse engineered, and checking for any interference from eavesdroppers through quantum properties.
    • Quantum cryptography requires a different infrastructure and the challenge is to scale it up for longer distances using quantum error correction.
    • Quantum repeaters are needed to boost the signal in quantum communication networks without measuring it, and quantum sensing has potential for applications in biology and medicine.
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    Quantum information research is exploring the entanglement frontier, which has the potential to reveal new connections to fundamental questions about gravitation and space-time geometry.
    • The speaker is a physicist interested in the question of how gravity fits together with other fundamental interactions and has also been sidetracked by his excitement for quantum computing, but views quantum information not just as a technology but also as a contribution to his field.
    • Quantum information is a new frontier in physics research, specifically the entanglement frontier, which involves scaling up quantum systems to larger complexity and has the potential for new discoveries and connections to fundamental questions about gravitation and space-time geometry.
    • Quantum entanglement and quantum error correction are fundamental concepts that define space-time geometry and give it intrinsic robustness.
    • Entanglement holds space together and understanding its quantum structure is a difficult problem, but progress can be made through experiments with quantum technologies like quantum computers.
    • Entanglement in quantum systems does not allow for instantaneous communication, but rather creates correlations between measurements that cannot be replicated by classical systems.
    • Quantum computing can do a vast number of computations all at once through interference, but to take advantage of it, the measurement needs to be delayed.
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    Quantum computing could become as easy as playing games for kids in the future.
    • The speaker had the opportunity to interact with Richard Feynman during their time at Caltech, where they discussed their mutual interest in quantum chromodynamics and the question of what holds the proton together.
    • The speaker discusses the importance of reading literature and the difference it made in his insights compared to a colleague who preferred to find his own approach, and also mentions the colleague's habit of drumming and love for telling stories.
    • Ralph Leighton's book captures the voice and personality of physicist Richard Feynman through his stories, including his experiences on the Challenger Commission.
    • Quantum computing could become as simple and accessible as playing games for kids in a few decades.
    • Quantum mechanics is not intuitive like ordinary physics, but with the use of quantum computers, experimenting and playing around can lead to the discovery of new applications.
    • STEM education should focus on teaching the general population to reason effectively and recognize authentic arguments, as they will eventually make critical decisions about our democracy.
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    Having technically trained people in government and effective communication in science and technology can positively influence policy and innovation, as seen in the Bay Area's quantum startup hub and Leonard Susskind's engaging lectures on physics.
    • Having more technically trained people, especially physicists, in government can positively influence science policy and facilitate technical innovation.
    • The Bay Area is currently the hub for quantum startups due to the concentration of the tech industry and investors, making it a logical location for entrepreneurs to fundraise.
    • Being able to communicate across different areas of expertise is valuable in the technology arena, such as quantum computing, and teaching can deepen one's knowledge.
    • Effective communication in science and technical fields can lead to new insights and is not a waste, but rather a gratifying experience when successful.
    • Leonard Susskind is a great communicator in physics and his lectures on YouTube and books, particularly "The Theoretical Minimum," provide a clear and engaging introduction to topics like classical and quantum physics.
    • Teaching quantum information and particle physics classes expanded the speaker's knowledge and foundation of information theory and computational complexity.
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John Preskill on Quantum Computing
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