The Quantum Pontiff

Archives for August, 2008

Quantum error correction and quantum hard drives in four dimension. Part IV of my attempt to explain one of my main research interests in quantum computing: Prior parts: Part I, Part II, Part III.

The physics of classical information storage. Why is it that your hard drive works? A modern miracle, I tell you! Part III of my attempt to explain one of my main research interests in quantum computing: “self-correcting quantum computers.” Prior parts: Part I, Part II

Why is classical computing possible at all? A silly question, but one which never ceases to amaze me. Part II of my attempt to explain one of my main research interests in quantum computing: “self-correcting quantum computers.” Prior parts: Part I

Quantum computing is hair-brained, but then again so is classical probabilistic computing. Part I of my attempt to explain one of my main research interests in quantum computing: “self-correcting quantum computers.”

QCMC 2008 Comment Thread

QCMC 2008 is being held in Calgary this week. Anyone care to comment on any of the awesome talks or other interesting things they’ve heard at this fine conference? Anyone?

NSF Expeditions Awarded

“Expeditions in Computing awards” are ten million dollar NSF grants from the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering to pursue long-term research agendas. My favorite kinds of projects: high risk, high reward, and long term. Today the first four award winners have been announced. The winning programs are Open Programmable Mobile Internet 2020…

We Don’t Need Another Hero

I knew there was a reason I called this blog “The Quantum Pontiff.” Amazon-ing my name:

QEC 07 Videos Online

Interested in quantum error correction (who isn’t!) Daniel Lidar informs me that the talks from the QEC07 conference are now all available online.

Rounding DeLong

IANAE (that’s I am not a person with severe physics envy but who is compensated for this fact by earning a higher salary than a physicist), but I do not understand Brad DeLong: Traders! Read the second page of the statistical release before you press the button! Meredith Beechey…and Jonathan Wright have details: FRB: FEDS…

Open Access Talk

Last week, before I headed to my current location in the land of Coca Cola and the Cartoon Network (the hotel is so nice here that when my friend stopped outside so that I could drop my bags off, the concierge asked him if he wanted would like some water while he waited), I attended…