IVZ-3273 Are Quantum Computers Really a Thing? | Devoxx

Devoxx Ukraine 2018
from Friday 23 November to Saturday 24 November 2018.

   Are Quantum Computers Really a Thing?


Machine Learning & AI
Beginner & novice level
Space A Friday from 18:10 til 19:10

After seeing (and being baffled by) a talk on Quantum computers at a conference in March this year I was inspired to start researching the subject for myself. When I was asked to prepare a presentation on the subject for a conference in June, my research got serious. I went to several conference talks, a couple of meetups and then found a colleague who was willing to go on the same journey with me and we teamed up to make a presentation to an internal conference.

I've continued on this journey and I now know more than I ever thought I would about a subject I knew very little about only a few months ago. This presentation is not just about the state of the quantum computing art but is also a story of my journey of discovery and the people that have come with me from time to time.

Finally, I have a live demonstration of quantum code. In response to my daughter's horrified reaction to Schroedinger's Cat ("Daddy, why would anybody do that to their cat?") I've made "Clementine's Cat", a quantum simulation of cat behaviour in which no cats were harmed, either in this universe or any parallel one.

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James Birnie
James Birnie
From ThoughtWorks

James has worked in commercial software since the late 1990s when TDD was something you talked about but never did, pipelines were things that carried oil and Agile and Lean were words you used to describe athletes.

In 2006 James joined a startup and went on an exciting journey from 5 people in a shabby rented space through structureless expansion to Agile and DevOps transformation. In 2015 he started a new chapter of his life at ThoughtWorks. Every day is different now. He's variously, surprised, shocked,, disappointed and sometimes delighted by what he discovers as a ThoughtWorker.

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