Monday 24 October, 2011

Are we living in The Matrix?

Prof Howard Wiseman, Centre for Quantum Dynamics, Griffith University

In the movie “The Matrix”, the human population lives not in the real world but inside a computer simulation called the Matrix. They are blissfully unable to detect their predicament, except for the fact that certain people can transcend the normal rules of physics.

This month, Prof Howard Wiseman will explain how this is eerily similar to the world we live in. Certain people (quantum physicists) can transcend the normal rules by doing things that “should be” impossible. While not as visually impressive as dodging bullets and leaping tall buildings, these abilities are central to the emerging field of quantum information technology. But even quantum physicists do not agree about what this reveals about the nature of the Matrix.

  • Time: 6:30pm to 7:30pm, Monday the 24th of October
  • Venue: Long Room, Customs House at Riverside
  • Arrangements: Doors open at 6pm. No need to book – just show up!
  • Refreshments: There will be complimentary drinks and nibblies following the talk, where Prof. Howard Wiseman will be available to answer any questions
  • Questions? For any further information please contact Andrew
Professor Howard Wiseman obtained an Honours degree in physics, and did his PhD on quantum measurement and feedback theory, at the University of Queensland.  As a postdoc at the University of Auckland he established adaptive quantum measurements as a vital research field. Since returning to Australia his work has included quantifying entanglement, and formalizing the Einstein-Podolosky-Rosen paradox as a quantum information task. He has over 150 refereed journal papers, with more than 3500 citations. He has won the Bragg Medal of the Australian Institute of Physics, the Pawsey Medal of the Australian Academy of Science (AAS) and the Malcolm Macintosh Medal at the Prime Minister’s Science Awards. He has been Director of the Centre for Quantum Dynamics at Griffith University since 2007, and was elected as a Fellow of the AAS in 2008.

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