Quantum Leap

How can the world create better medicines? More powerful solar cells? New batteries? The answers could come from a revolutionary research tool known as the quantum computer. It can seem like magic—harnessing the power of quantum physics to tackle the world’s most pressing challenges. But there are unmitigated risks too, as the technology continues to develop. What would a quantum-led future hold? 

 

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Host
  • Gabrielle Sierra
    Director, Podcasting
Credits

Asher Ross - Supervising Producer

Markus Zakaria - Audio Producer and Sound Designer

Rafaela Siewert - Associate Podcast Producer

Episode Guests
  • Shohini Ghose
    Quantum Physicist and Professor, Physics and Computer Science, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Marissa Guistina
    Quantum Electronics Engineer and Research Scientist, Google
  • Kate Weber
    Public Policy Lead, Quantum Computing, Google

Show Notes

Quantum computing could solve the world’s toughest challenges. The technology is still in its infancy, but some experts suggest it will change the course of scientific research, in areas such as chemical and biological engineering, climate change responses, and financial forecasting. But the quantum revolution isn’t around the corner, and there are many threats to neutralize. So, how could this technology alter society, and will that ever come to pass?

 

 

From CFR

 

Lucas Ashbaugh, “The Quantum Race the United States Can’t Afford To Lose,” Net Politics

 

Robert Morgus and Justin Sherman, “What Policymakers Need to Know About Quantum Computing,” Net Politics

 

 

Read More

 

Cade Metz, “Yale Professors Race Google and IBM to the First Quantum Computer,” New York Times

 

Kevin Allison, “Why quantum computing could be a geopolitical time bomb,” GZERO Media

 

Patrick Caughill, “World’s Leading Physicist Says Quantum Computers Are ‘Tools of Destruction, Not Creation’,” Futurism

 

Shlomi Dolev, “The quantum computing apocalypse is imminent,” TechCrunch

 

Sophie Bushwick, “New Encryption System Protects Data from Quantum Computers,” Scientific American

 

Stephen Chen, “China launches world’s fastest programmable quantum computers,” South China Morning Post

 

Susan Decker and Christopher Yasiejko, “Forget the Trade War. China Wants to Win Computing Arms Race,” Bloomberg

 

 

Watch and Listen

 

Demonstrating Quantum Supremacy,” Google

 

Google’s Plan To Create The World’s First Quantum Computer,” Simply Tech

 

How do quantum computers work?,” Interesting Engineer

 

Quantum Computers Explained – Limits of Human Technology,” Kurzgesagt

 

The Race For Quantum Supremacy,” Vice News

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