Update (January 3): There’s now a long interview with me about quantum computing in the Washington Post (or at least, on their website). The interview accompanies their lead article about quantum computing and the NSA, which also quotes me (among many others), and which reports—unsurprisingly—that the NSA is indeed interested in building scalable quantum computers but, based on the Snowden documents, appears to be quite far from that goal.
(Warning: The interview contains a large number of typos and other errors, which might have arisen from my infelicities in speaking or the poor quality of the phone connection. Some were corrected but others remain.)
The week before last, I was in Rio de Janeiro to give a mini-course on “Complexity Theory and Quantum Optics” at the Instituto de Física of the Universidade Federal Fluminense. Next week I’ll be giving a similar course at the Jerusalem Winter School on Quantum Information.
In the meantime, my host in Rio, Ernesto Galvão, and others were kind enough to make detailed, excellent notes for my five lectures in Rio. You can click the link in the last sentence to get them, or here are links for the five lectures individually:
If you have questions or comments about the lectures, leave them here (since I might not check the quantumrio blog).
One other thing: I can heartily recommend a trip to Rio to anyone interested in quantum information—or, for that matter, to anyone interested in sunshine, giant Jesus statues, or (especially) fruit juices you’ve never tasted before. My favorite from among the latter was acerola. Also worth a try are caja, mangaba, guarana, umbu, seriguela, amora, and fruta do conde juices—as well as caju and cacao, even though they taste almost nothing like the more commercially exportable products from the same plants (cashews and chocolate respectively). I didn’t like cupuaçu or graviola juices. Thanks so much to Ernesto and everyone else for inviting me (not just because of the juice).
Update (January 2): You can now watch videos of my mini-course at the Jerusalem Winter School here.
Videos of the other talks at the Jerusalem Winter School are available from the same site (just scroll through them on the right).