In a lecture given in 1981, Richard Feynman said that since Nature is quantum mechanical, the best way to understand it is to build a quantum computer which can simulate it.
Fast forward to the end of 2019: Google has announced quantum supremacy, and IBM are making a 53-qubit quantum computer available in their cloud. It seems clear that we are well on our way to fulfilling Feynman’s vision.
In this talk at London Futurists, Peter Morgan will give an overview of quantum computing, from the early pioneers to present day research and quantum computing industry. He will also consider the future trajectory of this very powerful technology, and share his thoughts on potential timelines and applications.
He will look in particular at how quantum computers can be used to simulate molecular dynamics, and describe applications in drug discovery and materials science. In this way, quantum computers may be used to solve the grand challenges of climate change and human longevity.
== About the speaker ==
Peter Morgan is the author of the industry report, “Quantum Computing Strategies: 2019”, published by Inside Quantum Technology.
With a background in particle physics to postdoc level along with many years of Enterprise computing experience, Peter is passionate about quantum computing and the deeply impactful changes it will bring to society.
Peter started off as a particle physicist before he moved into Systems Engineering at companies such as Cisco Systems and IBM. As an entrepreneur Peter has founded several companies including AI consulting company, Deep Learning Partnership, www.deeplp.com.
Peter advises and mentors London startups and is a speaker at various conferences on AI and quantum computing globally. Peter founded the London Deep Learning Lab Meetup https://www.meetup.com/Deep-Learning-Lab/ and is a member of the UCL Steering Committee on quantum computing.
You can follow him on twitter @PMZepto; his full profile can be found at https://www.linkedin.com/in/peter-morgan-8b7ba2/.
== Meeting logistics ==
2pm-4pm, Sat 16th November 2019.
Venue: B20, Birkbeck College (http://www.bbk.ac.uk/maps), Torrington Square WC1E 7HX, London.
Room B20 is on the basement level in the main Birkbeck College building, in Torrington Square (which is a pedestrian-only square). Torrington Square is about 10 minutes walk from either Russell Square or Goodge St tube stations.
The event will be followed by a chance to continue the discussion in a nearby pub - The Meeting Place bar in the Royal National Hotel (https://www.imperialhotels.co.uk/en/restaurants-and-bars/the-meeting-place), 38-51 Bedford Way, Bloomsbury, London WC1H 0DG.
== Wifi access ==
Wireless network: BBK-Guest
(The username and password are case sensitive. In practise, it seems this wifi system often needs 2-3 attempts to make a successful connection.)
== Event hashtag ==
== Covering meeting costs ==
A small fee (£7) is payable to attend this meetup. This fee covers room hire costs. Please pay in advance, online, after you RSVP.
(NB you don't need a PayPal account to use the PayPal interface.)
Alternatively, if there are still seats available, payment of £10 in that case can be made in cash at the door on the day. (Requesting payment in advance assists with accurate planning of the event.)
Journalists are welcome to attend the meeting free-of-charge - please contact the organiser in advance.
== Further information ==
The photograph of a quantum computer is by Erik Lucero - see https://www.nature.com/news/commercialize-quantum-technologies-in-five-years-1.21583
Feynman's 1981 lecture is available in the June 1982 edition of International Journal of Theoretical Physics - see https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2FBF02650179