6 - 7:30 pm
Speaker: Scott Aaronson, the University of Texas at Austin
Quantum computers are proposed devices that would exploit quantum mechanics to solve certain problems dramatically faster than we know how to solve them with today's computers. In the popular press, quantum computers are often presented not just as an exciting frontier of science and technology (which they are), but as magic devices that would work by simply trying every possible solution in parallel. However, research over the past 25 years has revealed that the truth is much more subtle and problem-dependent: for some types of problems, quantum computers would offer only modest speedups or no speedups at all.
Theoretically Speaking is a lecture series organized by the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing, highlighting exciting advances in theoretical computer science for a broad general audience. No special background is assumed. Light refreshments will be served before the lecture, at 5:30 p.m.
5:30 - 8 pm
2 - 6 pm
6 - 9:30 pm
9:30 am - 1 pm
6 - 9:30 pm
Join The Watershed Project, supporters, and Bay Area environmental leaders for an evening of celebration! Enjoy oysters, hors d'oeuvres, and festive libations from local sustainable restaurants, a silent auction, and live music with local musicians while supporting watershed restoration and education efforts in the Bay. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.