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 Amazing: Zhengfeng Ji, Anand Natarajan, Thomas Vidick, John Wright, and Henry Yuen proved that MIP* = RE and thus disproved Connes 1976 Embedding Conjecture, and provided a negative answer to Tsirelson's problem.
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Category Archives: Quantum
Amazing: Zhengfeng Ji, Anand Natarajan, Thomas Vidick, John Wright, and Henry Yuen proved that MIP* = RE and thus disproved Connes 1976 Embedding Conjecture, and provided a negative answer to Tsirelson’s problem.
A few days ago an historic 160page paper with a very short title MIP*=RE was uploaded to the arXive by Zhengfeng Ji, Anand Natarajan, Thomas Vidick, John Wright, and Henry Yuen. I am thankful to Dorit Aharonov and Alon Rosen … Continue reading
Posted in Algebra, Analysis, Combinatorics, Computer Science and Optimization, Physics, Quantum
Tagged Anand Natarajan, Henry Yuen, John Wright, Thomas Vidick, Zhengfeng Ji
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Gil’s Collegial Quantum Supremacy Skepticism FAQ
The first 15 samples of Google’s 53 qubit flagship quantum supremacy experiment! After the sensationally successful Scott’s Supreme Quantum Superiority FAQ and Boaz’s inferior classical inferiority FAQ let me add my contribution, explaining my current skeptical view. (I was actually … Continue reading
The story of Poincaré and his friend the baker
Update: After the embargo update (Oct 25): Now that I have some answers from the people involved let me make a quick update: 1) I still find the paper unconvincing, specifically, the few verifiable experiments (namely experiments that can be … Continue reading
Posted in Combinatorics, Computer Science and Optimization, Probability, Quantum, Statistics
Tagged Google, Henri Poincaré, quantum supremacy
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Noisy quantum circuits: how do we know that we have robust experimental outcomes at all? (And do we care?)
In a recent post we discussed Google’s claim of achieving “quantum supremacy” and my reasons to think that these claims will not stand. (See also this comment for necessary requirements from a quantum supremacy experiment.) This debate gives a good … Continue reading
Posted in Computer Science and Optimization, Quantum
Tagged chaos, chaos and computation, quantum supremacy
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Quantum computers: amazing progress (Google & IBM), and extraordinary but probably false supremacy claims (Google).
A 2017 cartoon from this post. After the embargo update (Oct 25): Now that I have some answers from the people involved let me make a quick update: 1) I still find the paper unconvincing, specifically, the verifiable experiments (namely experiments … Continue reading
Posted in Combinatorics, Computer Science and Optimization, Quantum, Updates
Tagged John Martinis
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Computer Science and its Impact on our Future
A couple of weeks ago I told you about Avi Wigderson’s vision on the connections between the theory of computing and other areas of mathematics on the one hand and between computer science and other areas of science, technology and … Continue reading
Posted in Academics, Computer Science and Optimization, Quantum, Updates
Tagged computer science
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The Argument against Quantum Computers – a CERN Colloquium and a New Paper
Let me announce my CERN colloquium this Thursday, August 22, 2019, 16:3017:30 entitled “The argument against quantum computers.” If you are at CERN or the neighborhood, please please come to the lecture. (Tea and coffee will be served at 16:00. … Continue reading
Posted in Computer Science and Optimization, Physics, Quantum
Tagged CERN, Quantum computers
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Two Important Quantum Announcements!
I am very happy to announce two quantum events. First, I would like to announce a course “Computation, quantization, symplectic geometry, and information” in the first 2019/2020 semester at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI). The course will by on … Continue reading
Video of my ICM2018 lecture: Noise Stability, Noise Sensitivity, and the Quantum Computer Puzzle
The Video of my ICM2018 lecture is now on the air Here are the (slightly improved) slides. I made the mistake of trying to improve my slides in the evening before the lecture and in the morning I discovered that … Continue reading
Posted in Combinatorics, Computer Science and Optimization, ICM2018, Quantum, Updates
Tagged ICM2018
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