The Quantum Pontiff

QIP Talks

It looks like the talks for QIP 2010 are now online.. Sweet, my television for the next few weeks. Well okay the Olympics may sneak in there (and jez NBC really stinks it up: I’ve never seen a network make men’s downhill so boring…if you’re going to short the west coast by not showing the events live don’t you have a responsibility to at least do a good job? Please, please, Olympic committee let ESPN get the next contract.)

Comments

  1. #1 Ian Durham
    February 16, 2010

    My personal favorites were Aram’s (on linear algebra on quantum computers), Marcin Pawlowski’s on information causality, and Steve’s (Flaming Bacon!).

    And I agree that NBC’s coverage generally sucks. Aren’t you close enough to Vancouver to pick up CBC or CTV?

  2. #2 Dave Bacon
    February 16, 2010

    Yeah you’d think I’d be able to get CBC or CTV, but alas, Comcast sucks.

  3. #3 Ian Durham
    February 16, 2010

    I guess no one uses an actual antenna anymore…

  4. #4 Clare
    February 17, 2010

    As I understand it, if one routes via a proxy server in the UK then the BBC iPlayer becomes available. Not that I would ever advocate such a nefarious course of action, of course.

    (Although watch out, the quality of the commentary is variable; mostly good, but I ended up wanting to muzzle the male snowboard cross commentator with a handful of genuine “Cypress Mountain slush”)

  5. #5 Eric Lund
    February 17, 2010

    Ian: Seattle is far enough south of the border that you’d have to be in the right place to pick up even a faint signal, and multipath due to terrain is an issue (unlike the East Coast, there is no coastal plain in Cascadia). My sister could pick up a fuzzy CBC signal out of Vancouver when she lived in Bellingham, which is about 50 miles from Vancouver. Downtown Seattle is another 90 miles south.

  6. #6 Neil B
    February 17, 2010

    Don’t forget about the “Rump Session”! (look it up there, I don’t want two URLs holding up this comment.) Is that where all the real work gets done, like the final secret revelation of what happens to the Cat? BTW regarding teleportation, I wonder how legit or pop-distorted is this latest report about “teleportation of energy” which employs concepts similar to teleportation of information: http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2010-02/physicists-prove-teleportation-energy-theoretically-possible It seems to me, it needs suspect special materials and/or arrangements in similar vein to what is needed for warp drive and time travel. But such thought experiments do have theoretical significance and should be worked on. But I am wary of this sentence:
    Rather than just hastening the dawn of quantum computing, this development could lead to practical, significant changes in energy distribution.
    Uh, I doubt it.

  7. #7 Neil B
    February 17, 2010

    This may be a better link about energy teleportation:
    http://www.physorg.com/news184597481.html
    It still mentions re energy distribution. There are comments there (dying off) and also at a post on this at Quantum Moxie (Ian Durham’s blog, commenter upthread.) But even if that is a idealized stretch, maybe some correlations in states can have significant effects over and above the “inform” in information?

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