At Exel Energy Group we are intensely curious about the Future...A Future where human genius is supported by technology and driven by benevolence...A Future where responsibility for the betterment of humanity is the responsibility of all.. Laura Oudovik, Director, Organizational Transition, Emerging Technologies, at Exel Energy Group
June 19, 2020 - Honeywell builds a computer with quantum volume 64. Details are eagerly anticipated by the industry.
May 2020 Highlights - Exel Energy Group participated in IBM Quantum Challenge 2020 and completed three out of four challenges. It was a great exercise to test your quantum computing skills, meet other quantum enthusiasts across the globe and hopefully to inspire other teams to join the global quantum movement. Thank you IBM Quantum - looking forward to IBM Quantum Challenge 2021!
On New Normal
HQS Quantum Simulation and Alpine Quantum Technologies (AQT) announced they have entered a global strategic partnership.
On Quantum Computing Ecosystem
Quest for Workforce 4.0
Access to education is one of the noblest societal causes. And never before in history, there was such a great need to ensure rapid, versatile, equal access to education across disciplines, geographies, industries. This need is fueled by the organizational challenge to meet the pace of current technological progress and to align available skills with the skill demand imposed by the arrival of the disruptive change of digital transformation.
In our quest to build the talent pool of the future, one of the particularly affected groups is 40-plus something-year-olds. Talented, possessing life and work wisdom, they found themselves on the perimeter of organizational educational investments in the time when the emerging technologies skills such as AI, machine learning, quantum computing, pose steep learning curves and require a significant time investment, a type of investment which hard-working teams do not always have.
And so it defaults to the organizations and organizational leaders to ensure reskilling and upskilling and "How you reskill become a big part of the (digital, transformative, disruptive) conversation" according to Kevin Sneader, Global Managing Partner, McKinsey & Company.
The full conversation with Kevin Sneader can be found here: https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/strategy-and-corporate-finance/our-insights/framing-reinvention-what-disruptive-change-means-for-business-society-and-you
StartAI undergraduate conference will take place on February 23rd at the University of Toronto. One-day conference brings presentations, industry discussions and a showcase of work and research in Artificial Intelligence including a keynote by Professor Emeritus Geoffrey Hinton and a fireside chat with Radical Ventures' Jordan Jacobs. Details can be found here:
On a lighter and yet very important note, John Donohue, the Scientific Outreach Manager from the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo, brings an overview of how quantum science is used in popular culture through QUANTUM + Pop Culture event on February 23. Fostering awareness is frequently a first step in propagating new knowledge and inventions to a wider audience and this event might just serve the purpose. Details of the event can be found here: QUANTUM + Pop Culture — Royal Canadian Institute for Science
Several articles of interest were published recently:
McKinsey Digital delivered an overview of quantum sector complete with analysis of quantum computing use cases by industry, one of the most comprehensive overviews to date complete with the diagram by economic sector. Article can be found here https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/mckinsey-digital/our-insights/a-game-plan-for-quantum-computing
IBM announced their partnership with and investment into Cambridge Quantum Computing - are we seeing signs of quantum sector rationalizing and maturing?
Details of the deal can be found here https://cambridgequantum.com/news/
February 10, 2020
Q2B 2019 is another successful event from rapidly evolving quantum industry.
Q2B is one of the widely known conferences bringing together academia and industry in the area of quantum technologies. 2019 edition of the conference took place in December, 2019 in San Jose, CA and highlighted practical applications of quantum computing.
A record of the conference is available at https://q2b.qcware.com/videos-by-day
You Asked - Preparing for Post-Quantum Cryptography ( when you do not have a budget)
For some time now we were discussing the potential effects of quantum computing on cyber security and by now you are ready to start the quantum risk assessment work.
"But how can I start preparing for Post-quantum cryptography (PQC) today - my team is already over-allocated, there is no formal funding assigned to the PQC effort, it is not even on a roadmap and I just got a new boss who might not have a formal position on PQC yet."
Let’s look at it together: how can you start preparing for PQC in absence of a formalized program.
A good place to start is to build an awareness and inventory of organization's information assets paying special attention to encryption protocols, tools and methods.
Today, you are executing your 18 month portfolio.
Perhaps you have just upgraded a fleet of servers or are building a server inventory to move to cloud?
Perhaps you are integrating the latest cyber security or networking solutions and reviewing networks, endpoints and servers?
Perhaps you are working on upgrading your firewalls?
Perhaps you are working on customer facing solutions, digital or otherwise?
Retain the information acquired in the course of all of these projects and add an extra lens of encryption and certificate analysis.You can reuse that good work to start building your PQC inventory.
And of course, assign a champion on your team, one of your bright and enthusiastic engineers to help bring a constant awareness to PQC work. Your weekly or monthly team meetings are good communication channels to deliver the message.
As to where and when to place PQC effort on the strategic roadmap, I would direct you to Accenture's recommended framework at https://www.accenture.com/ca-en/insights/technology/quantum-cryptography.
This would be a great place to start a conversation with your new boss.