Collin West will be presenting a TCP seminar on April 8th. The prospect of new computing technologies based on quantum physics looms large over a wide array of fields, with particular implications for encryption and cybersecurity. But like the internet itself, which both exceeded many of our wildest predictions and completely failed to live up to other, the potential impacts of such new technologies are difficult to anticipate. In this talk, we will present a brief nontechnical summary of the current state of quantum technologies, and then examine some common myths and misconceptions, to obtain a clearer picture of just how quantum computing might reshape our world.
About the Speaker
Colin West earned a PhD in Quantum Information Theory from the C.N. Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics at Stony Brook University in 2016, and worked as an HHMI postdoctoral fellow at the University of California at Santa Cruz before joining the physics department at the University of Colorado in 2018. His technical interests lie at the interface between computers, communication systems, and quantum theory, with a particular focus on phenomena related to entanglement. Colin has also been nationally recognized as a a speaker and educator and is an affiliate instructor at the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science in New York.