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Working in Quantum Series 2

Working in Quantum is the second instalment in our interview series with quantum leaders, delivered in partnership with The Quantum Insider. Since our first instalment, the industry has developed at an accelerated rate. The steady shift from theory to reality brings to light the need for a robust, well-rounded, and diverse quantum workforce.

The aim of this video series is to dive deeper into how industry and academia are nurturing growth. It offers a glimpse into the working world of quantum technology and explores the skills, experience and support needed in order to build a workforce that will drive the future of quantum forward.

The campaign features six industry experts including:

Charlie Bernard

“Once quantum computers get to a stage where they have supremacy over classical computers, we will be able to do infinitely difficult tasks that traditional computers can’t. It’s like levelling up; we’re going to evolve to the next stage of computing, delivering outcomes we never thought we could achieve on classical computers. And we know we’re going to get to that stage in the next five, ten years.”

Vicki Potter

“Very few of our employees are quantum physicists. There are people who work in Marketing, HR, Shipping, Manufacturing, and Logistics, all of which are skill sets that can be used across industries. There is a misconception that quantum and quantum computing is something intimidating. There is something intimidating about the language, and yet it is not an intimidating place to work.”

Will Oliver

“There’s a tremendous promise to quantum technologies and that leads to a lot of hype currently in the media. The fact that there’s hype reflects the fact that there’s tremendous promise, but what gets lost in that is that making hardware and doing engineering is hard and it takes time.”

Kasra Sardashti and Bernardo Langa, Jr

“We try to emphasise the importance of interdisciplinary research within quantum. We bring together our faculty members and use their skills to put towards the quantum problems we have today. A lot of these problems are not new fields, so it is interesting to bring solutions from other fields into quantum research. We need a big field of people devoted to this research and that requires a lot of collaboration.”

Simon Phillips

“The quantum industry is at a really interesting part of its journey where we will start to see the big breakthroughs, things like drug discoveries, everybody’s lives getting that bit better because we have extra processing power to do novel things in the backend. We’ll look back in ten years time and think how we ever lived without quantum technology.”

Shintaro Sato

“Companies will use quantum computers commercially in five to ten years, perhaps longer. Now, the quantum computer is getting better and better. The number of qubits is increasing, and the fidelity is getting better and better. So, in the near future, perhaps the next two or three years, we will see applications in material sciences, drug discovery, and the financial area.”

Working in Quantum Series 1

‘Quantum Technology | Working in Quantum’ is our unique video series being delivered in partnership with The Quantum Insider with the aim to demonstrate the role collaboration and diversity need to play in driving the industry forward and making quantum, a reality.

The campaign features quantum industry leaders including: 

Together we are Making Quantum Accessible!

Natalia Ares

“It's really exciting to be in such a vibrant community of people that want to push quantum technologies forward. There are many challenges that are very similar across quantum device architectures. And if we work together, we can progress a lot faster.”

Richard Moulds

“Our philosophy is [that] the more people can experiment with the technology [and] can experience it, the faster we as a community can innovate.”

Ilana Wisby

“The technology that we are building for the future will reflect the people that build it today. So we need to make sure that we are building a diverse workforce and we need to make sure that quantum computing and the resources and the learning is accessible to all at the earliest stage possible.”

Celia Merzbacher

“QED-C is starting a program, “office hours”, so that students can meet with somebody in the quantum industry and learn more about what a career in the quantum industry might be about."

Matt Hutchings

“A lot of people think that there are only really technical roles and you have to be an incredibly proficient technician, or have a PhD in quantum computing specifically to get into this field and that's not the case. That is probably the biggest misconception.”

Oxford Instruments NanoScience

While today’s quantum computers are still able to perform calculations that demonstrate quantum supremacy - because of the maturity of the field - the challenges they’re solving are still not the kind of challenges we need them to solve.

Watch the full Quantum Technology | Working in Quantum series on The Quantum Insider’s YouTube channel today!

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