#68 Michael Biercuk, Quantum Computing

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Michael Biercuk, director of the Quantum Control Laboratory at the University of Sydney talks to me about quantum computing and the future it will lead to.

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Who he is, what he does. Quick overview of quantum computing. How traditional computers work, transistors, charge etc. Moore's law, transistor size, nanometer size, tunneling. When quantum effects start to cause problems. What problems can only quantum computing solve; quantum supremacy. Can quantum computing crack ssl certs; decoherence is the big problem and how to delay it; finding a catalyst for the Haber process. Why is quantum computing faster. Programming a quantum computer. Bits, qbits and 1 & 0 at same time; writing an if...else with qbits. Current state of the art, academic, industrial and small commercial/startup. What unlocking quantum computing will mean for us; computing is advancing every field; if we get to 300 qbits! Michael thinks harnessing quantum computing will transform society.

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#41 Ken Finnegan, What Ireland Offers the Tech World

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Ken Finnegan, chief technologist of the Industrial Development Agency of Ireland tells me about what Ireland has to offer the tech industry.

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Who he is, what the Industrial Development Agency does, sales and marketing for Ireland; why should companies invest in Ireland, 1,200 foreign companies, favorable tax rate, higher level education; proximity to other European cities; home grown companies; university incubators, Nova startup incubation at UCD; successful Irish tech companies, Decawave smallest location sensor, S3 Group smallest analog to digital converter; Web Summit; access to venture capital; IoT in Ireland - a technological horizontal, sensors, communications networks, cloud storage in Ireland, deriving value for the data; what happens to Ireland in the next recession, dot-com bust hit hard, lessons learned - investing in fundamental research and commercialization of products, heavy investment for foreign companies and harder to walk away from; Ken invites you to visit.

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