Quantum technology… ain’t no mountain higher

If you want to climb a mountain, you must start somewhere. Currently, or actually for the past some years already, my next “mountain” to climb is quantum technology.

My “foot of the mountain”, my starting point was not being a physicist with a PhD, or a mathematician knowing all the details about linear algebra or being an AI crack. My starting point was being a software architect, business analyst, and developer by heart. For more than 30 years I am working with computers. It started all with a Commodore C64 and after many intermediary steps developing in PHP, Perl, Java, Kotlin, writing HTML/CSS, talking to stakeholders, helping people to understand Blockchain/DLT, I finally ended up at quantum technology.

Blockchain was the reason for all this. Blockchain uses a lot of the cryptography and quantum computing is announced to bring cryptography to an end, especially after Google announced Quantum Supremacy in 2017 (which we all know, that it wasn’t as supreme as published in the news). Quantum computing was meant to be the code breaker of all times and that poses a real threat to blockchain and the cryptocurrencies that come with it.

At some point I asked myself if it is really such a threat. Is it really breaking Bitcoin and sending all cryptocurrencies, NFTs, and tokens to a digital nirvana? Is quantum computing maybe an even much bigger threat by cracking all codes that are securing our current internet and data?

And so, I have started my journey into quantum computing. I have started to prepare myself with listening with podcasts. As hyped as podcasts are, as convenient they are. Everywhere, at no cost, for every audience you can find a podcast.

To make it easier for others, I collected many useful and interesting podcasts. Here I present a few of them, not a complete list, not in any particular order… – and more will come. Promised. And feedback is highly appreciated. 👏

Quantum Computing Now

In my journey this was the first podcast about quantum technology. I have listened to regularly and as far as I can see it is one of the oldest focusing on this topic as well. The First episode aired in July 2019 and is still active. 👏 Not as much as it was, but still glad to see updates in the feed. Ethan Hansen does a great job and maybe was to kick-start for my interest into this area. 🎉

This is a podcast all about quantum computing news, basic concepts, and what people in the field are doing. Quantum computing is serious stuff and we talk about serious science, but I try to not take myself too seriously.

Link: https://anchor.fm/quantumcomputingnow/

The Qubit Guy’s Podcast

The Yuval Boger (aka the Qubit Guy, CMO at Classiq) is inviting leaders who are working at the forefront of quantum technology. All invited speakers come with a long, practical experience in quantum technology. Every guest of this podcast is worth to follow on LinkedIn!

The Qubit Guy hosts thought leaders in quantum computing to discuss business and technical questions that impact the quantum computing ecosystem

Link: https://anchor.fm/qubitguy/ – usually 30 minutes every 1-2 weeks

The Post-Quantum World

Konstantinos Karagiannis (Protiviti) is not a hardcode tech podcast, but explaining the opportunities provided by quantum technology. The topics covered in this podcast start with “A” like Azure and continues with “B” like Bitcoin, “C” like “Crypto Agility”,… and many, many more. A must-listen for quantum-curious people without a physics PhD or IT-background.

Quantum computing capabilities are exploding, causing disruption and opportunities, but many technology and business leaders don’t understand the impact quantum will have on their business.

Link: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-post-quantum-world/id1564148665

Entangled discussions

Actually not a classical podcast by Entangled Positions, but John Barnes streams the interviews on YouTube and you can not only hear the interviewees, but also see them. Which makes it easy to follow the great discussions between John Barnes and his guests.

The Universe may be based on uncertainty. The quantum workforce needn’t be.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgWWGvcHm7swFypA3kFD1-A

Originally posted at https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/quantum-technology-aint-mountain-higher-gottfried-szing/

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