Thursday, April 07, 2022

Scott Aaronson: Quantum Computing, Unsolvable Problems, & Artificial Intelligence — Manifold podcast #9


Scott Aaronson is the David J. Bruton Centennial Professor of Computer Science at The University of Texas at Austin, and director of its Quantum Information Center. Previously, he taught for nine years in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. His research interests center around the capabilities and limits of quantum computers, and computational complexity theory more generally. 

Scott also writes the blog Shtetl Optimized: 

Steve and Scott discuss: 

1. Scott's childhood and education, first exposure to mathematics and computers. 

2. How he became interested in computational complexity, pursuing it rather than AI/ML. 

3. The development of quantum computation and quantum information theory from the 1980s to the present. 

4. Scott's work on quantum supremacy. 

5. AGI, AI Safety

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