If you’ve recently found yourself thinking more about the future of society and humanity, you may want to catch up on the Perimeter Institute’s series of public lectures.
The series, which explores the latest discoveries in science and technology, was interrupted by the pandemic. But the five lectures the institute hosted this academic year will give a hungry mind much to chew on over the long weekend.
Surviving the century
The music of the universe
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Homes away from home
Warp drives and aliens
The quantum-computing revolution
Some are looking to today’s most advanced computers to help society figure out how to battle COVID-19. But there is a new kind of technology on the horizon that may one day figure out problems even more complicated than a global pandemic. Quantum computers use the counter-intuitive world of subatomic particles to try to perform complex calculations no conventional computer ever could. Wilfrid Laurier University’s Shohini Ghose explains how quantum machines could revolutionize society and even help us achieve feats — such as teleportation — that may now seem unimaginable.