Quantum Bayesian Networks

May 31, 2012

Jim Simons Builds 3000 Mile Long Bridge

Filed under: Uncategorized — rrtucci @ 8:17 pm

Check out this great blog post in Richard Lipton’s and Ken Regan’s wonderful blog (much better than this one). The post is about Jim Simons, an accomplished mathematician turned hedge fund manager and philanthropist. Simons had already endowed a math (and string theory) institute in Stony Brook. Now he is endowing a new institute at U.C Berkeley, one dedicated to computer science.

This is important for quantum computing because computer scientists cannot escape the lure of quantum mechanics. Can a moth resist flying towards the flame of a candle? Can a comet escape the gravitational pull of the Sun? Can flabby humans fend off the Borg?

For me, quantum computing is the byproduct that arises from the collision of two gigantic fields, computer science and quantum physics.

According to the Wikipedia article on him, Jim Simons has done a lot of good deeds with his money, including making donations to organizations concerned with health care and elementary education. It’s interesting that his string theory institute is on the east coast and his new computer science institute will be on the west coast. If he is planning a third science institute, I hope he goes for the geographical center: a quantum computing institute in Texas? (Contrary to what many people believe, not all the inhabitants of Texas are football addled, barbecue sauce smeared, gun-toting, bible thumping, mutant apes. I have a good friend in Austin that has never played American football in his entire life, although he does show a disturbing affinity for the barbie).

May 30, 2012

There is Gold in Them Science Hills. Elon Musk is Finding Lots of it.

Filed under: Uncategorized — rrtucci @ 5:05 pm

Sure, you can become a billionaire by dedicating your life to doing investment banking or advertisement in social networks, but will that lead to a very fulfilling life, and will it earn you the respect of your peers and loved ones? As Steve Jobs once said to Coke executive John Sculley: “Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water?” (or smelly water, one might say, in the case of investment banking.)

Suppose you want to advance science, because you appreciate its incredible beauty and extreme importance to the progress of mankind. Can you start a business, or work for one that does nice science? But a business must make a profit in order to survive. Are the two goals, making a profit and doing nice science, contradictory? No they’re not, the SpaceX news seemed to be telling us this week. 

This week, SpaceX, a private company, used its Falcon 9 rocket to put its unmanned, reusable Dragon capsule into low earth orbit. On May 25, 2012, the Dragon successfully docked with the International Space Station, delivering to it a 1/2 ton payload. An historic event in space exploration. To go where no man has gone before. The dawn of commercial space flight. A fascinating sci-tech business that promises to be very profitable too. Reminds me of quantum computing.

Elon Musk, a billionaire entrepreneur, an émigré from South Africa now living in California, is one of the founders of SpaceX. He also co-founded Tesla Motors and X.com, which later became Paypal. He is also a chairman of SolarCity. This is a person with a unique talent for founding and nurturing prosperous businesses that succeed in solving timely, pressing sci-tech problems. A guy that has a good nose for what is important in Sci-Tech and one who gets things done. I’m sure I speak for most science nerds when I say: Elon Musk, what you are doing is so cool! If his plate isn’t too full :), I hope he considers starting a quantum computer company too! Or maybe he can guide or inspire others to start a Quantum SpaceX company. Quantum Space, an untapped, wild frontier.

Check out this article:

Elon Musk: Is he the real-life Tony Stark?
(By Tiffany Hsu, Columbus Dispatch – ‎May 29, 2012‎)

How about you? Will you become Quantum Computing Man or Woman? What are you doing to achieve that goal?

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