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Friday, January 25


Is Quantum Computing Really a Thing?
Quantum computing has existed as a theoretical concept for some time. I recently saw some talks on quantum computing and I've been inspired to start researching the field myself. There are now a handful of (known) quantum computers in existence, some of which, such as the "IBM Q Experience" allow you to execute real quantum programs. I'll give an overview of the state of the art, what the potential of quantum computing is, what its limitations might be and a small dose of speculation on what applications could be suited to to quantum computers and when they might start to be really useful.

This is an evolution of the talk I've given a couple of times now. The first time at Devoxx Poland in June 2018. Throughout 2018 I went to loads of meetings, loads of lectures and in October I hosted a Quantum Hack Day at ThoughtWorks in which we had priority use of IBM's Q Computer. This talk is a description of how I got involved in quantum computers and where the journey took me.

I've also designed a demonstration of Quantum Computing, using Microsoft's Q# (not a real quantum computer, it is a simulator designed to run on a traditional digital computer) called "Clementine's Cat". I was inspired to make Clementine's Cat when I described Shrodinger's Cat to my daughter and she was horified that anybody would do such a thing to their cat. So Clementine's Cat is a humane modern spin on the traditional quantum thought experiment in which no cats are harmed, either theoretically or in reality.

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James Birnie

Lead, ThoughtWorks
I’ve been working on commercial software since the late 1990s. Back then TDD was something you studied but never did, pipelines were something that carried oil and agile and lean were words used to describe gymnasts. In 2006 I joined a startup and worked there for 9 years which... Read More →

Friday January 25, 2019 10:00 - 10:45
Amphi La Maison Minatec, 3 Parvis Louis Néel, 38000 Grenoble


Blockchain at heart: how it works outside of the cryptocurrency trend?
Let’s stop thinking the blockchain as a support for cryptocurrency, and let’s deep dive in its technical aspect! How does the blockchain work, but code, demos, and magic!
Did you ever try to work with a blockchain? This not-so-new technology, sometimes described as “the most important technology since the Internet” struggle to find its use-cases outside of the cryptocurrency market. Let’s take a look at how it works in-depth using a convincing use-case: a health notebook application. Based on a distributed blockchain, we’ll see how to implement it to learn how to use its powerful features.
Slides online here: https://talks.m4dz.net/blockchain-at-heart/fr/

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Tech Evangelist, alwaysdata
m4dz is a strange animal. Through many lives, he always tried to teach to others what he learnt himself. Previously a web developer (nobody's perfect), concerned about privacy, a respect of private data, and cyber security. He's now Tech Evangelist at alwaysdata. He tries to inform... Read More →

Friday January 25, 2019 14:00 - 14:45
Amphi La Maison Minatec, 3 Parvis Louis Néel, 38000 Grenoble