Quantum computing is widely considered to be:

        • The most potentially transformative technology of this century, 
coming fast, or;

        • Nothing but hope and hype.

A pioneer in the field who is familiar with the rich variety of applied-quantum 
research going on and the reality of its remarkable progress is Seth Lloyd, 
professor of mechanical engineering and physics at MIT.

Lloyd describes himself as a mechanic of quantum computing, quantum 
communication, and quantum biology.  He is director of MIT’s Center for Extreme 
Quantum Information Theory, which is working on breakthroughs in 
general-purpose optimization, vastly enhanced communication, and ultra-precise 
measurement.  In his book Programming the Universe (2006) he proposes that the 
universe is a vast quantum computer that can eventually be completely 
understood through local-scale quantum computation.

"Quantum Computer Reality," Seth Lloyd, SFJAZZ Center, Hayes Valley, San 
Francisco, 7pm, Tuesday August 9.  The show starts promptly at 7:30pm.

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