Quantum Computing as a ServiceYes, the lecture is as bad as it sounds.
Matt Johnson, CEO and Co-Founder, QC Ware
About the talk:
QC Ware will present a business-oriented overview of quantum computing, from the perspective of a start-up that is developing software and tools to address real-world QC use cases. The presentation will cover the strategic and practical considerations of launching a QC software company.
Their business plan is to hope that someone invents a quantum computer, and then to write software programs for it. So far, they have nothing.
Their business is premised on the idea that quantum computers will be commercially successful, and that a lot of highly skilled custom programming will be needed to make them useful.
The plan is hopeless.
I am betting that no one will make a useful quantum computer. It is possible that someone will make an analog (non-quantum) computer that has some commercial utility, and that this company will find a small niche exploiting it for particular applications. But I doubt it.
We must be in a bubble if companies like this can get funding.
The previous week's colloquium was more about how quantum computers work, but it was mainly just a lesson in quantum mechanics.