Our Quantum Society: Living with Entanglement

Date: 
Monday, November 7, 2016 - 4:00pm
Author/Speaker: 
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Public Lecture: 
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Quantum mechanics continues to stretch the limits of human thought by asserting that two objects can be entangled such that a probe of one automatically yields information about the other, even if they are at opposite ends of the universe. Already observed in the spin properties of atoms and the polarization of photons of light, generating entanglement in bulk at the macroscopic scale may lead to unparalleled computing power and new frontiers in metrology. At a yet larger cosmic scale, this same entanglement which once troubled the architect of the theory of general relativity, Einstein, is now postulated to be the thread that in many cases stitches the fabric of the universe. In this forum, we will explore the evolution of quantum entanglement, its role in cutting-edge quantum technologies, and directions for future development.

Moderator
Irfan Siddiqi - Professor, Physics and Director, Center for Quantum Coherent Science

Panelists
Cathryn Carson
 - Professor, History of Science
George Lakoff - Professor, Linguistics and Cognitive Science
Leonard Susskind
 - Professor, Physics, Stanford University and
 Director of Stanford Institute for Theoretical Physics
Umesh Vazirani — Professor, EECS and Director, Berkeley Quantum Computation Center
Carl Williams - Deputy Director of the Physical Measurement Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology