• Quantum Computing with Martin Laforest

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    Quantum computing is becoming more and more a reality, and we are slowly but surely approaching its use for commercial purposes. What is holding back the development of the quantum computer? What are the opportunities to be seized and the threats to be countered? How does quantum computing work and what will be its first useful applications? Is quantum computing the end of cybersecurity? During this conference, we will dive in the subject of quantum computing and try to answer these big questions.

    Martin Laforest Bio:
    A quantum physicist by training, Martin is currently director of quantum strategy for the Distriq, the quantum innovation hub in Sherbrooke, Québec and for the ACET incubator. He is also a managing partner in an investment fund dedicated to quantum technologies. Martin spent eight years promoting the impacts of quantum technologies to students, governments, companies and investors for the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo where he also received his PhD. He also embarked on the entrepreneurial adventure at ISARA Corporation for 3 years before joining the Sherbrooke quantum ecosystem.

    Getting To The Meeting
    This will be a virtual meeting on Zoom. The link to this Zoom meeting will be found in this associated Meetup.com announcement once you RSVP Yes under its Date/Time as its Location. See above under the meeting's title where it says the meetup.com link.

    Zoom session will open at 6:45pm (US Central time - Chicago) with the meeting starting at 7:00pm ending around 9:00pm (with a short review of Group business before the speaker starts). Our annual meeting will also be included in the beginning. There will be a meeting after the meeting for those who want to discuss other things. This meeting will be run virtually on-line using our UniForum Chicago Zoom account.

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    Our live meetings have been held at the Bolingbrook Fountaindale Library but we have been holding our meetings virtually since the pandemic began since March 2020. However, there is now the possibility of holding live meetings going forward but will be decided as they are defined.