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Add to Calendar 3/30/2018 8:30 pm 3/30/2018 9:30 pm America/Chicago AJL@80 Public Lecture: Matthew Fisher “Are We Quantum Computers, or Merely Clever Robots? DESCRIPTION:

This talk is a part of AJL@80, 80th Birthday celebration of Nobel Prize Winner and Illinois Macarthur Professor of Physics Tony Leggett.

Abstract

Of course quantum information processing is not possible in the warm wet brain. There is, however, one “loophole" - offered by nuclear spins - that must be closed before acknowledging that we are merely clever robots. Putative neural quantum processing with nuclear spins seemingly requires fulfillment of many unrealizable conditions: for example, a common biological element with a very isolated nuclear spin to serve as a qubit, a mechanism for quantum entangling qubits, a mechanism for quantum memory storage and processing, a quantum to biochemical transduction that modulates neuron firing rates, among others. My strategy, guided by these requirements, is one of reverse engineering seeking to identify the bio-chemical substrate and mechanisms hosting such putative quantum processing. Remarkably, a specifc neural qubit and a unique collection of ions, molecules and enzymes is identifed, illuminating an apparently single path towards nuclear spin quantum processing in the brain.

Reception following the talk at the I Hotel.

 

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Matthew P.A. Fisher (Univ of California, Santa Barbara)

i hotel, 1900 S. First St., Champaign, IL

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AJL@80 Public Lecture: Matthew Fisher “Are We Quantum Computers, or Merely Clever Robots?

Speaker Matthew P.A. Fisher (Univ of California, Santa Barbara)
Date: 3/30/2018
Time: 8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Location:

i hotel, 1900 S. First St., Champaign, IL

Event Contact: Becky McDuffee
217-300-0898
mcduffbe@illinois.edu
Sponsor:

Dept. of Physics

Event Type: Seminar/Symposium
 

This talk is a part of AJL@80, 80th Birthday celebration of Nobel Prize Winner and Illinois Macarthur Professor of Physics Tony Leggett.

Abstract

Of course quantum information processing is not possible in the warm wet brain. There is, however, one “loophole" - offered by nuclear spins - that must be closed before acknowledging that we are merely clever robots. Putative neural quantum processing with nuclear spins seemingly requires fulfillment of many unrealizable conditions: for example, a common biological element with a very isolated nuclear spin to serve as a qubit, a mechanism for quantum entangling qubits, a mechanism for quantum memory storage and processing, a quantum to biochemical transduction that modulates neuron firing rates, among others. My strategy, guided by these requirements, is one of reverse engineering seeking to identify the bio-chemical substrate and mechanisms hosting such putative quantum processing. Remarkably, a specifc neural qubit and a unique collection of ions, molecules and enzymes is identifed, illuminating an apparently single path towards nuclear spin quantum processing in the brain.

Reception following the talk at the I Hotel.

 

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