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News
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December 10, 2020
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Programming, Science
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Adiabatic Quantum Computing, energy, Energy efficiency, Enrique Blair, Featured, Quantum communication, Quantum Entanglement, Quantum Mechanics, Robert J. Marks
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_{“Adiabatic” quantum computing slows down the process, in the hope of achieving more reliable quantum positions}_{
News
December 10, 2020
Programming, Science
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In a recent podcast, “Enrique Blair on quantum computing,” Walter Bradley Center director Robert J. Marks talks with fellow computer engineer Enrique Blair about why quantum mechanics is so strange but important to our future. They discussed the prospects of slowing down quantum computing to make it more useful (adiabatic computing). https://episodes.castos.com/mindmatters/Mind-Matters-110-Enrique-Blair.mp3 The discussion of quantum communication begins at approximately 58:47. The Show Notes and transcript follow. Enrique Blair (pictured): I guess the challenge with entangling massive numbers of quantum systems is that entanglement becomes much more fragile. In quantum communication, you just need pairs of photons to be entangled. One with another, that’s it. Whereas with quantum computing, you need many, many systems to be entangled, and that’s just…

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Author
News
Date
December 8, 2020
Categorized
Data Privacy, Science
Tagged
Enrique Blair, Entanglement, Featured, photons, Quantum communications, Quantum Computing, quantum encryption, Random numbers, Randomness, Robert J. Marks
}

_{If entangled photons linked to random numbers are transmitted, parties on either end can know, via high error rates, that they’ve been intercepted.}_{
News
December 8, 2020
Data Privacy, Science
}

In a recent podcast, “Enrique Blair on quantum computing,” Walter Bradley Center director Robert J. Marks talks with fellow computer engineer Enrique Blair about why quantum mechanics is so strange but important to our future. They discussed “quantum communication” (generally, quantum encryption) and why safer quantum encryption might be easier to achieve than general quantum computing. https://episodes.castos.com/mindmatters/Mind-Matters-110-Enrique-Blair.mp3 The discussion of quantum communication begins at approximately 55:32. The Show Notes and transcript follow. Robert J. Marks: I know there’s lots of interesting quantum communication today. The NSF and the Department of Defense are throwing big bucks at it. What is it, just roughly? Enrique Blair: Quantum communication really is the use of quantum mechanics to share information in a secure manner.…

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post
Author
News
Date
December 4, 2020
Categorized
Artificial Intelligence, Programming
Tagged
China, Enrique Blair, Featured, Google, Quantum Computing, Quantum Supremacy, Robert J. Marks
}

_{Quantum computing was suggested by physicist Richard Feynman in 1982; the supremacy battles are quite recent}_{
News
December 4, 2020
Artificial Intelligence, Programming
}

In last week’s podcast, “Enrique Blair on quantum computing,” Walter Bradley Center director Robert J. Marks talks with fellow computer engineer Enrique Blair about why quantum mechanics is so strange but important to our future. One thing they discussed was Google’s claim to quantum supremacy. What does it mean? Does it matter? https://episodes.castos.com/mindmatters/Mind-Matters-110-Enrique-Blair.mp3 The discussion of quantum supremacy begins at approximately 47:55. The Show Notes and transcript follow. Excerpts from the transcript: Robert J. Marks (pictured): Google recently announced they had achieved quantum supremacy. What is quantum supremacy, and how does that relate to the quantum computer and the other computers that we use today? Enrique Blair: It’s a pretty interesting buzzword. Maybe the first thing to mention is what…

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post
Author
News
Date
December 3, 2020
Categorized
Science
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Absolute zero, Encryption, Enrique Blair, Featured, Kelvin scale, Quantum Computing, quantum encryption, Quantum Entanglement, quantum superposition, Robert J. Marks, Shor’s algorithm, Superconductivity
}

_{Quantum computing could easily break down current encryption schemes}_{
News
December 3, 2020
Science
}

In last week’s podcast, “Enrique Blair on quantum computing,” Walter Bradley Center director Robert J. Marks talks with fellow computer engineer Enrique Blair about why quantum mechanics is so strange, yet an intrinsic part of the way our universe works. They discussed whether quantum computing will be in our future any time soon? In our cell phones? What difference will it make? https://episodes.castos.com/mindmatters/Mind-Matters-110-Enrique-Blair.mp3 The discussion of quantum computing begins at approximately 37:31. The Show Notes and transcript follow. Excerpts from the transcript: One significant thing that quantum computing could do is enable more secure encryption. Robert J. Marks: Let’s get to quantum computing. This is the thing that’s in the news everywhere. There was the announcement that Google has built…

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News
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December 2, 2020
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Science
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Albert Einstein, bitcoin, Computers, cryptocurrencies, Energy efficiency, Enrique Blair, Entanglement, Featured, John Bell, nonlocality, Quantum Entanglement, qubits, Robert J. Marks, Spooky action at a distance, Superposition
}

_{Einstein never liked quantum mechanics but each transistor in your cell phone is a quantum device}_{
News
December 2, 2020
Science
}

In last week’s podcast, “Enrique Blair on quantum computing,” Walter Bradley Center director Robert J. Marks talks with fellow computer engineer Enrique Blair about why quantum mechanics is so strange. The discussion turned to why Albert Einstein, a brilliant but orderly mathematical thinker, did not really like quantum mechanics at all and what we should learn from that: https://episodes.castos.com/mindmatters/Mind-Matters-110-Enrique-Blair.mp3 The discussion of Einstein and “spooky action at a distance” (his way of describing quantum particles’ behavior) starts at approximately 27:45. The Show Notes and transcript follow. Excerpts from the transcript: Robert J. Marks: Albert Einstein didn’t like quantum mechanics or certain aspects of quantum mechanics. Dd he die thinking that quantum mechanics was a fluke? Enrique Blair (pictured): That’s an…

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post
Author
News
Date
November 30, 2020
Categorized
Science
Tagged
Enrique Blair, Erwin Schrödinger, Featured, Macroscopic vs. microscopic, quantum decoherence, Quantum Mechanics, quantum superposition, Robert J. Marks, Schrödinger’s cat, Superposition
}

_{Schrödinger came up with the cat illustration to explain quantum mechanics to interested people who were not physicists}_{
News
November 30, 2020
Science
}

In last week’s podcast, “Enrique Blair on quantum computing,” Walter Bradley Center director Robert J. Marks talks with fellow computer engineer Enrique Blair about why quantum mechanics is so strange. Inevitably, the discussion turned to what really happened with Schrödinger’s cat, the one who is either dead or alive only if we actually look at it. https://episodes.castos.com/mindmatters/Mind-Matters-110-Enrique-Blair.mp3 [Schrödinger’s cat starts approximately at 21:50.] The Show Notes and transcript follow. Excerpts from the transcript: Robert J. Marks (pictured): We hear a lot in popular culture about Schrödinger’s cat. Now, Erwin Schrödinger (1887–1961) was one of the guys who formulated quantum mechanics. He won a Nobel Prize for it. He was trying to explain quantum mechanics to a layperson and he used…

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post
Author
News
Date
November 29, 2020
Categorized
Science
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Craig Lent, Enrique Blair, Featured, Invisible Boy (film character), Probability, Quantum Mechanics, quantum superposition, Random number generator (RNG), Robert J. Marks, wave function
}

_{It’s still pretty weird, though}_{
News
November 29, 2020
Science
}

In last week’s podcast, “Enrique Blair on quantum computing,” Walter Bradley Center director Robert J. Marks talks with fellow computer engineer Enrique Blair about why quantum mechanics is so strange. But scientists have learned to work with QM, despite many questions, like how to work with particles that can be in two different places (quantum superposition): https://episodes.castos.com/mindmatters/Mind-Matters-110-Enrique-Blair.mp3 [Starts at approximately 13:16.] The Show Notes and transcript follow. Excerpts from the transcript: Robert J. Marks: What’s superposition? What’s going on there? Enrique Blair: Quantum superposition is really a mathematical description. We use wave functions to describe these particles. There’s a wave function for the photon going through Slit One and a wave function for the photon going through Slit Two. To…

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Type
post
Author
News
Date
November 26, 2020
Categorized
Science
Tagged
Copenhagen interpretation (QM), double-slit experiment, Enrique Blair, Featured, Mystery Men (film), Niels Bohr, photons, Quantum Mechanics, Robert J. Marks, Thomas Young
}

_{It underlies our universe but it follows its own “rules,” which don’t make sense to the rest of us}_{
News
November 26, 2020
Science
}

In this week’s podcast, “Enrique Blair on quantum computing,” Walter Bradley Center director Robert J. Marks talks with fellow computer engineer Enrique Blair about why Quantum mechanics pioneer Niels Bohr said, “If quantum mechanics hasn’t profoundly shocked you, you haven’t understood it yet.” Let’s look at some of the reasons he said that: https://episodes.castos.com/mindmatters/Mind-Matters-110-Enrique-Blair.mp3 The Show Notes and transcript follow. Enrique Blair: It’s really quite different from our daily experience. Quantum mechanics really is a description of the world at the microscopic scale. And it’s really weird, because there are things that initially we thought maybe were particles but then we learned that they have wave-like behaviors. And there are other things that we thought were waves and then we…

^{
Type
podcast
Author
Robert J. Marks
Date
November 26, 2020
Tagged
Adiabatic Quantum Computing, double-slit experiment, Encryption, Enrique Blair, Erwin Schrödinger, Google, IBM, John Polkinghorne, Moore's Law, Nobel Prize in Physics, nonlocality, optimization, photoelectric effect, photons, Physics, Planck, Quantum bits, Quantum Collapse, Quantum Computing, quantum decoherence, Quantum Dots, Quantum Entanglement, Quantum Indeterminacy, Quantum Mechanics, Quantum Physics, quantum superposition, Quantum Supremacy, qubits, Randomness, Ray Kurzweil, Reclaiming Conversation (book), Schrödinger, superluminal, wave function, wave-particle duality, Werner Heisenberg
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What is quantum mechanics? What can quantum computers do that classical computers can’t? Has Google achieved quantum supremacy? Robert J. Marks discusses the weird world of quantum mechanics with Dr. Enrique Blair. Show Notes 00:54 | Introducing Dr. Enrique Blair, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Baylor University 03:08 | The history of quantum mechanics 13:16 | Quantum…

^{
Type
podcast
Author
Robert J. Marks
Date
February 6, 2020
Tagged
Adiabatic Quantum Computing, Encryption, Enrique Blair, Google, IBM, optimization, Quantum bits, Quantum Collapse, Quantum communication, Quantum Computing, Quantum Entanglement, Quantum Indeterminacy, Quantum Supremacy, qubits, Randomness
}

Google has claimed quantum supremacy. What does that mean? What is the future of quantum computing? Robert J. Marks discusses quantum communication, supremacy, and computing with Dr. Enrique Blair. Show Notes 00:49 | Introducing Dr. Enrique Blair, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Baylor University 01:14 | Problems with quantum computing 01:54 | What is quantum supremacy? 03:06…

^{
Type
podcast
Author
Robert J. Marks
Date
January 23, 2020
Tagged
Enrique Blair, nonlocality, Quantum bits, Quantum Collapse, Quantum Computing, Quantum Dots, Quantum Entanglement, Quantum Mechanics, Quantum Physics, quantum superposition, Quantum Supremacy, qubits, Reclaiming Conversation (book), superluminal
}

On the road to quantum computing, you’ll become entangled with the wildest entities. Will we ever make it to a land where quantum computing is available for everyone? Robert J. Marks continues his odyssey through the quantum world with electrical and computer engineer Dr. Enrique Blair. Show Notes 00:33 | Introducing Dr. Enrique Blair, a professor of electrical and computer…

^{
Type
podcast
Author
Robert J. Marks
Date
January 16, 2020
Tagged
double-slit experiment, Enrique Blair, John Polkinghorne, Nobel Prize in Physics, photoelectric effect, photons, Physics, Planck, Quantum Computing, quantum decoherence, Quantum Mechanics, quantum superposition, Schrödinger, submarine, wave function, wave-particle duality, Werner Heisenberg
}

What is quantum mechanics? Well, weird. Very weird. The great quantum mechanics pioneer Niels Bohr said: “If quantum mechanics hasn’t profoundly shocked you, you haven’t understood it yet.” How did the study of quantum mechanics come to be? Robert J. Marks discusses quantum mechanics with Dr. Enrique Blair. Show Notes 00:41 | Introducing Dr. Enrique Blair, a professor of electrical…