Quantum Bayesian Networks

April 30, 2013

That Lazaridis Sure Can Pick Them Winners

Filed under: Uncategorized — rrtucci @ 8:20 pm

Check out this recent article

BlackBerry CEO says tablets will be useless in five years
, by Roger Cheng
(CNET) April 30, 2013


“BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins is not a fan of tablets.

“In five years I don’t think there’ll be a reason to have a tablet anymore,” he said to Bloomberg.

We QC aficionados have a soft spot for Lazaridis, cofounder of BlackBerry. We feel sympathy for him. The BlackBerry company, his baby, seems to be sinking inexorably into a black hole. Plus we are grateful to him. The guy is a fervent believer in QCs and has donated something like $300 million of his private fortune to Perimeter and IQC. More recently, just last month. Lazaridis and some friends unveiled a hedge fund that will invest $100 million in QC research companies based in the Waterloo, Ontario area.

Unfortunately, so far, Lazaridis has gotten ZERO QC bang for his buck. See the following previous posts of mine about Perimeter and IQC if you want to laugh and cry

I think one major reason that Lazaridis’ QC dreams are faltering is that he has a terrible nose for sniffing out good leaders for his companies. Furthermore, once it becomes painfully obvious that the leaders he has selected stink, he is glacially slow to replace them.

The above CNET article speaks volumes about his handpicked successor for BlackBerry, Thorsten Heins. Besides Heins, Lazarides’ choices for Perimeter and IQC leaders (namely, Neil Turok, director (for life?) of Perimeter, and Raymond Laflamme, director (for life?) of IQC), also seem to be somewhat amiss. Indeed, after many years of trying, and after spending a deep purse of gold, Perimeter and IQC have contributed virtually nothing to building a quantum computer. They are far behind places like D-Wave, NIST, UCSB, Yale, IBM, Holland. Australia, etc.

I should mention that there are many others who hold a different opinion than mine about the efficacy of Turok and Laflamme. For example, Lubos Motl thinks very highly of the intellectual depth and honesty of Perimeter saints and leaders like Neil Turok and Lee Smolin. Lazaridis should Google up some of Lubos’ opinions about those two.



  1. Then again how many people does Lubos Motl actually like.

    Comment by siteadmin — April 30, 2013 @ 11:25 pm

  2. Yes Henning, but Lubos likes Scott Aaronson and Scott likes him. They are very similar in some ways, Eh?

    Comment by rrtucci — April 30, 2013 @ 11:45 pm

  3. My impression of Lubos is just hearsay (and blog bases), so I really don’t have much of an informed opinion on him, just heard about his reputation, and know that his politics are hard right wing (climate change denying included). But he seems to be a competent physicist, and there’s no doubt that Scott and Lubos respect each other.

    Comment by Henning — May 1, 2013 @ 3:04 pm

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