Patrick Schwerdtfeger is a business futurist specializing in technology trends including artificial intelligence, quantum computing, and robotic process automation (RSP). Patrick is the author of the award-winning book Anarchy, Inc.: Profiting in a Decentralized World with Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain (2018, Authority Publishing) and is a regular speaker for Bloomberg TV. He has lectured about business trends at various academic institutions including Purdue and Stanford Universities. Quantum computing holds tremendous promise to revolutionize our current technology paradigm. It’s an evolving field and many of the large technology companies are investing heavily in development. Patrick’s focus on disruptive innovation and exponential technologies gives him a unique perspective on the business potential of quantum computing and the impact it may have on our increasingly automated and technology-driven economy. Business leaders need to understand quantum computing and potential implications if they wish to remain viable and competitive in the years ahead.
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Expert on Quantum Computers
Quantum computing differs from traditional binary computing with transistors that can be either on (1) or off (0). Quantum computers leverage qubits that can be in “superposition” (more than a binary two-state device) and are also affected by “entanglement” with other qubits. Entanglement involves two different particles (or groups of particles) that are instantaneously affected by each other, despite long distances between them, implying coordination beyond the speed of light. These bizarre quantum phenomena allow for computation dramatically faster than conventional computers. If mastered, these quantum computers may crunch calculations 100,000 or 1,000,000 times faster than current options. That would introduce incredible innovations to the world of technology and beyond.
One of the characteristics of quantum computers, at least in theory, is that they can calculate along multiple different states simultaneously. In theory, that could invalidate the security advantages of blockchain-based technologies. Since the blockchain software architecture involves multiple “nodes” storing the data on multiple different servers, a successful hack would require hacking each node simultaneously. With current technologies, that is impossible to do. But with quantum computers, hacking blockchain distributed ledgers becomes much easier. This is just one implication of quantum computers, and there are many others.
Quantum Computing Keynote Speech
Patrick builds his keynote programs with case histories and success stories. Since quantum computing is such a new technology – one that has yet to be fully developed – new use cases, proofs of concept, and pilot programs are emerging all the time. Patrick follows the trends in these various technology areas by following the companies and startups pioneering the technology, as well as those doing proofs of concept and pilot programs. In the field of quantum computing, those players include the following:
- IBM: The future is quantum.
- Rigetti Computing: Quantum Cloud Services is here. Everyone is invited.
- Alphabet (Google): Developing Quantum Processors and Quantum Algorithms
- D-Wave Systems: The first Real-Time Quantum Application Environment
- Microsoft: Empowering the Quantum Revolution
- 1Qbit Information Technologies: Redefine Intractable
- Nokia Bell Labs: Developing disruptive research for the next phase of human existence.
- Quantum Circuits: Building quantum computers designed to scale
- QC Ware: A Quantum Computing Cloud Platform Company
- Lockheed Martin: USC-Lockheed Martin Quantum Computation Center
- Zapata Computing: Algorithms for quantum computing
- Raytheon: Turning quantum theory into reality
- Accenture: Think beyond ones and zeros.
Patrick Schwerdtfeger is a keynote speaker who has spoken at business conferences in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.