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Quantum physics has already changed our lives, thanks to the invention of the laser and the transistor, both products of quantum theory. Almost every electronic device we use today is an example of quantum physics in action.

I believe we may now be on the brink of a second quantum revolution as we attempt to harness even more of the power of the quantum world.

Quantum computing will impact many sectors, including healthcare, energy, finance, security, and entertainment. However, significant practical challenges must be overcome before this level of large-scale impact is achievable.

One of the companies at the forefront of this revolution is IBM.

To better understand Quantum Computing, its advantages and its uses, I spoke with Richard Hopkins, an expert in this field.

Richard is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and Fellow of the UK’s Royal Academy of Engineering.  He was also the nineteenth President of IBM’s Academy of Technology. Richard became President after 25 years of field experience as an IT Architect.

We covered everything from Quantum 101 right through to how Quantum might help solve some of the world’s biggest challenges – a fascinating episode for anyone who has heard of Quantum and wondered – just what is it? 

We also covered:

  • What is Quantum Computing?
  • How does a Quantum Computer work?
  • When did IBM’s involvement in Quantum start?
  • What is “Quantum Advantage”?
  • The era of “batch computing” is here again
  • When would you need to use a Quantum Computer vs a standard computer?
  • The limitations of Quantum Computers
  • Edge computing and Quantum
  • Working together as an industry
  • Richard’s journey to working in Quantum
  • Becoming “digitally curious”
  • The future Quantum jobs
  • Non-technical roles in Quantum
  • Sectors that can benefit most from Quantum
  • The IBM Quantum network
  • IBM’s Quantum roadmap
  • AI and Quantum
  • The risk of Quantum and encryption
  • The need to be “cryptographically agile”
  • The good uses of Quantum Computing
  • Three actionable actions to better understand the promise of Quantum

Resources mentioned in this episode
Speakers for Schools
IBM Quantum Computing
The Eisenhower Matrix
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

More on Richard
Richard on LinkedIn
Richard on Twitter
Richard Hopkins Robots

Episode Chapters

1:21 What is Quantum Computing?
5:20 How does a Quantum Computer work?
8:14 When did IBM’s involvement in Quantum start?
9:26 What is “Quantum Advantage”?
10:22 The era of “batch computing” is here again
12:47 When would you need to use a Quantum Computer vs a standard computer?
14:39 The limitations of Quantum Computers
16:25 Edge computing and Quantum
17:45 Working together as an industry
19:29 Richard’s journey to working in Quantum
20:53 Becoming “digitally curious”
21:30 The future Quantum jobs
23:19 Non-technical roles in Quantum
25:00 Sectors that can benefit most from Quantum
26:23 The IBM Quantum network
27:32 IBM’s Quantum roadmap
29:33 AI and Quantum
31:22 The risk of Quantum and encryption
32:55 The need to be “cryptographically agile”
34:11 The good uses of Quantum Computing
36:12 Quickfire round
37:40 Three actionable actions to better understand the promise of Quantum
38:17 More on Richard