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Does Quantum Computing Seem Too Complicated?

CSAIL principal investigator Scott Aaronson breaks it down in “Explained.”
December 31, 2013

CSAIL principal investigator Scott Aaronson, an associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science, breaks down the intricacies of quantum computing in laymen’s terms to share what it’s about and why it’s important.

Aaronson argues that quantum computing has implications for everything from pharmaceuticals to nanotechnology, from biochemistry to superconductors. “For any of these applications,” he says, “a quantum computer naturally implements those dynamics and gives you a speed-up for implementing those things.”

Read more about the work being done by the Theory of Computation and Complexity Theory groups.

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