Episode 111: Quantum Computing Is Here

Jon Prial | Quantum

In previous episodes of the Georgian Impact podcast, we’ve learned about the need to get ahead of the impact quantum computers can have on breaking encryption with Mike Brown of ISARA in episode 97. We also got a great overview of different quantum technologies from Vlad Gheorghiu in episode 104.

In this, our third podcast on Quantum Computing, Jon Prial welcomes Christian Weedbrook, CEO and founder of Xanadu. Xanadu is a photonic quantum computing company and a recent addition to the Georgian Partners portfolio. They discuss how quantum will improve financial analysis, help to make more efficient batteries, and optimize traffic congestion…and why the time to get started is now.

You’ll hear about: 

  • The advantages of photonic quantum computing over other approaches
  • Use cases for quantum
  • Why Xanadu is building an open-source machine learning library to help the community adopt quantum

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Who is Christian Weedbrook?

Christian Weedbrook has over a decade of industry, government and research experience in quantum computing and quantum cryptography. He holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Queensland and was a postdoc at MIT and the University of Toronto. He founded Xanadu – now a Georgian portfolio company – in 2016 as part of the Quantum Computing thread at CDL with a vision to build quantum computers that are useful and accessible to people everywhere.