Quantum Bayesian Networks

September 8, 2015

The Dutch Stallion and the Canadian Donkey

Filed under: Uncategorized — rrtucci @ 5:53 pm

The recent news (see my previous blog post) about the Dutch quantum institute QuTech partnering with Intel has reminded me of the differences between a Dutch stallion and a Canadian donkey.

Below is a picture of a Friesian stallion. According to Wikipedia “The Friesian (also Frisian) is a horse breed originating in Friesland, in the Netherlands” It’s a reasonable analogue of QuTech

Friesian Stallion (image from Wikipedia, here

Friesian Stallion (image from Wikipedia, here)

Next, let me show you a picture of the Donkey from the Shrek movies, which some say originated in Canada. It reminds me of Lazaridis’ IQC (Institute for Quantum Computing), which has spent more than $150M since it was founded in 2002, studying NMR quantum computers and quantum cryptography, both known to be dead end streets since day one.




  1. But to be honest, the small amounts invested look more like charity and PR than a serious R&D investment.

    Comment by wolfgang — September 12, 2015 @ 5:09 pm

  2. Hi Wolfgang, I think Lazaridis’ Waterloo institute is managed like a fluffy charity and ad agency, not like a serious R&D effort. The Dutch, on the other hand, are breeding a serious race horse called QuTech.

    By partnering with Intel, I hope QuTech will be forced to run their institute like a real business or a Manhattan project with goals and deadlines. Even though QuTech is only a university lab at this point, it’s clear they intend eventually to become a full-fledged private corporation. Whether Intel’s initial investment in QuTech is $50M or $500M does not matter to me. What matters to me is that now that Intel is in, it will become addicted to quantum mechanics and QuTech.

    A modern day, QC Napoleon would say, “Give me $50M to start and I will conquer with my QCs all of Europe and Russia too for the next 100 years.” The leaders of the Waterloo institute have a long, dismal track record in building a QC. They are no QC Napoleons. No matter how much money they get, I doubt they can lead their institute in the future so that it beats the Dutch in building a QC.

    Comment by rrtucci — September 12, 2015 @ 10:19 pm

  3. QC Napoleon … Waterloo Institute … , let us hope it does not end on a small island nobody cares about.

    Comment by wolfgang — September 15, 2015 @ 10:13 pm

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