I squeezed three Indiana Jones quotes into the title and subtitle! Listen, I have to take a short break from the quantum commentary to address the rumors, e-mails, Facebook messages, tweets, and InMail (and that one snap chat someone sent; you know who you are). You all know by now I’m fascinated with quantum computing, because I never shut up about it. I figure it’s time to do something about that. Which is why I’m taking a couple weeks off to launch my own entry into the quantum computing fray.
When I left Chaotic Moon, I wanted to start a businesses that would make a difference in people’s lives. My first effort was successful, but there was something missing.
I was up late with my son last week, and The Last Crusade was on TNT or TBS or one of those other late night zombie crack stations. Walter Donovan shoots Sean Connery, and he hits Indy with this philosophical question. I’d been in an introspective mood, because we’d been working on the mission statement for the new project. What do I believe? I decided I believed that my next project needs to empower others to make the world a better place. I know, right? It was 1:30 a.m.
I’m starting a quantum computing company. We will deliver software that I hope empowers thousands of other people to use the power of quantum computing to change the world. To combat the effects of climate change. The find new cures and treatments for diseases. To do all the good I’m not capable of achieving.
Now I’m off to make the final preparations for SXSW 2018. Mark down March 13 on your calendars. In the meantime, I’ve got a keynote to polish, a web presence to establish, a mission statement to finish, and a million other to dos. Who’s helping me attack this next adventure, you ask? I’ve got top men working on it right now. Top. Men. Trust me. This will be like nothing I’ve ever gone after before.
Superposition.com will return on March 13th 2018…
I think we’ll soon see a quantum computer demonstrate quantum supremacy in a way that we can all take to the bank. However, physicists and engineers in labs around the world are still struggling to overcome the hardware challenges. Quantum software applications might as well be an endangered species. Richard Feynman, the physicist credited with the idea for a quantum computer, once quipped, “By golly, it’s a wonderful problem, because it doesn’t look so easy.”
Last week I shared with you that mathematician Gil Kalai doesn’t believe quantum computing is possible. He says the math just isn’t there to ever achieve reliable, practical error correction. Not that Dr. Kalai is alone in this belief, but there sure are a lot of major players that seem to think we’re on the verge of one of the biggest shifts in computing in the last 100 years.
If there’s one thing I love, it’s seeing talented young people get involved and take charge of the future. Especially when it’s quantum computing they’re getting involved in. Patrick Rall and Bryce Fuller are definitely involved, teaching future developers at the University of Texas about quantum algorithms.