Quest Lecture Series: What is a Quantum Computer?

Join Humanities tutor Darcy Otto for our December Quest Lecture.
Where: Community Room
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Event Details:

A computing revolution is coming. Quantum computers are a revolutionary technology that promise to touch many facets of our lives. They aim to make possible what is currently impossible, and to make commonplace was is currently very difficult. But how realistic are these promises? In this talk, we shall answer what a quantum computer is. We shall examine how a quantum computer differs from the computers of our everyday experience.  And we shall look at where the technology behind quantum computers is headed, and when we can expect quantum computing to become an everyday reality.


About the speaker

Darcy Otto earned his BA in philosophy, Greek and Latin at University College at the University of Toronto, and completed his MA and PhD in ancient philosophy at McMaster University.

Darcy’s primary research interests are in ancient Greek philosophy (particularly Platonic metaphysics), formal logic, and the intersection of these two disciplines. The main thrust of his research involves using the tools of logic to uncover new interpretations of ancient texts. He also does work in computational logic. He has edited and contributed to An Annotated Plato Reader, which offers essays about and translations of several Platonic dialogues, annotated with details about the people, places, and cultural landscape of the dialogues. His other publications include articles on topics in ancient philosophy. He has also written two popular computer programs intended to help both researchers and students with logic proofs.

Darcy is the recipient of several teaching awards, and was recognised as one of the top two instructors in McMaster University’s prestigious Arts & Science program. He has taught a wide variety of courses in philosophy; interdisciplinary courses in epistemology, media, and politics; courses in mathematical logic and computation; and language courses in ancient Greek and classical Latin. He also leads a field course to the Turkish Aegean, where students explore the ancient city of Priene, the theatre of Ephesus, and the ruins of Troy.

In his spare time, Darcy can be found playing the piano, writing computer programs, hiking local mountains, and skiing.