Annual Lecture

The Debate between Einstein and Bohr and its Consequences for Quantum Computing

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2004
Karl Hess
7:30 pm

Spurlock Museum, Knight Auditorium

600 South Gregory Street


Event Description

Quantum Computers that eclipse the performance of conventional digital computers represent the holy grail of current research goals. Quantum entanglement is basic to their operation and was the subject of a famous debate between Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr who attempted to resolve the following questions. Does the flux of quantum objects in space and time follow the classical rules? Is the flux of information entirely explained by application of these rules; or is the nature of information obtained from quantum objects inherently different and not explained by these rules? It is highly probable that the attempts to build quantum computers may also bring the final answers to these questions.

Karl Hess

CAS Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering