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.

shrek-donkey

3 Comments »

  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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