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There are unconfirmed reports – at this time- that a quantum computer (QC) built by Google with 56 qubits has achieved “Quantum Supremacy”. The draft paper has created an avalanche of news coverage. The term means that the quantum system is able to solve a mathematical or physical problem in an acceptable computing time (minutes); the same problems would take today’s classical computer (supercomputer) years. If this milestone is confirmed, many excited scientists foresee the dawn of a new age in computer science. The meaning and importance of the notion of “Quantum Supremacy” is not shared by all computer scientists. As an introduction, we’ll give a brief description of the needed concepts of quantum physics. Next, we’ll discuss the areas of physics, chemistry, computer science and information science where quantum computers will have, it is believed, a revolutionary impact.
Instructor(s): Juan Gallardo, Glenn Bacon
Juan Gallardo is a retired physicist from Brookhaven National Laboratory (NY) since 2012. He has been an SGL for the last 3 1/2 years. He has led study groups on literature and physics.
Glenn Bacon's formal education is in electrical engineering and computer science. He has followed artificial intelligence technology since the '50s and has led several OLLI study groups on its recent progress.
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