Though early in its development, real quantum computers are now available on the cloud, from IBM and others. This radically new kind of computing offers the possibility of solving some of the world's hardest problems, ones that have always been intractable for "classical" computers. This talk is an introduction to quantum computing, the types of problems it can best solve, its life- and world-changing applications (machine learning, chemistry), and the many opportunities this new business offers for students of computer science, software engineers, and entrepreneurs. And please feel free to ask a lot of questions!
Joe Latone is a research scientist and software engineer in the Quantum Applications group at IBM's Almaden Research Center in San Francisco. Our team's mission is to study the real-world application of chemistry, materials theory, and applied mathematics using quantum computers. Joe started working for IBM Research at the age of 18—simultaneously completing his studies at MIT—and worked at IBM and a number of high-tech startups throughout his career in areas such as distributed systems, open source software, cryptocurrencies, machine learning, and now, quantum computing. Joe is also the cofounder of Jaxo, Inc. See http://linkedin.com/in/latone for more.