As I mentioned in my previous post, the QIP2017 conference will be held on Jan 16-20, 2017 at Microsoft HQ, the geometrical center of the DeathStar.
One cannot help noticing that Google, despite it’s considerable commitment to gate model quantum computing, did not sponsor or participate in any committees of Microsoft’s QIP2017. Was this an intentional boycott?
The quantum annealer crowd (DWave, NASA, Lockheed-Martin) has stayed away from QIP2017 too, except for a tiny company called 1Qbit. I do not include Google in that crowd because Google, despite what it seemed to claim when it first hired Martinis, seems to have abandoned quantum annealers to pursue gate model QCs almost exclusively.
All talks at QIP are summaries of papers that have been posted at arXiv months ago, so this conference is an academic version of a pre-scripted American political convention and an ad for MS. If you are not already aware of this, many if not most academic researchers are politicians (some very eager to be bought) first and researchers second. Since the papers have been available to anyone for months, any researcher needing to ask questions to the authors could have done so long ago at almost no cost via email or video conferencing. So it’s hard to justify the cost incurred by the researchers to attend such conventions (entrance fee ~ $400 + airplane fare + hotel costs, all courtesy of the taxpayer for NSF funded researchers)
Here are some materials that MS is circulating to promote the event. MS intends to use the occasion to show to the world the superiority of the MS race in quantum computing.