The Potential Impact of Quantum Computers on Society
Ronald de Wolf (QuSoft, CWI and University of Amsterdam)
18:00 (CEST), June 03, 2020
Moderators: Abuzer Yakaryılmaz (QLatvia) and Zoltán Zimborás (QHungary)
Organizers: Abuzer Yakaryılmaz (QLatvia) and Agnieszka Wolska (QLatvia)
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“In this talk, I will consider the potential impact that the nascent technology of quantum computing may have on society. I focus on three areas: cryptography, optimization, and simulation of quantum systems. I will also discuss some ethical aspects of these developments, and ways to mitigate the risks.”
Reference: R. de Wolf. The potential impact of quantum computers on society. In Ethics and Information Technology, 19(4):271-276, 2017 https://arxiv.org/abs/1712.05380
Ronald de Wolf (1973) studied computer science and philosophy at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, with a focus on logic-based machine learning. He obtained his PhD in 2001 from the University of Amsterdam and CWI (advised by Harry Buhrman and Paul Vitanyi) on a thesis about quantum computation and communication complexity, for which he received the 2003 ERCIM Cor Baayen Award. Subsequently he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at UC Berkeley. Currently he is a senior researcher at CWI and full professor at the University of Amsterdam.
Ronald de Wolf works on quantum computing, focusing on algorithms, complexity theory, and the applications of quantum information to other areas.