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    1. Thanks for visiting. For some reason, my wordpress layout does not include that feature of categorizing posts. But, on the blog itself, you will find an archival record as you go downwards top to bottom.

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  1. Hello, Mohammed, I had a blast reading a couple of your blog entries, very interesting! I was wondering if I can have your thoughts on quantum computing? It is subject of interest for many and I am curious onto what your opinions are. Thanks, hear from you soon!

    Love from Aswan,
    KK

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    1. Thank you for stopping by.

      I think that quantum computing is becoming very promising especially, now, that Moore’s law is starting to run out of momentum and will probably be very outdated by the 2020s; the superconductor industry is really not being able keep up with exponential doubling of transistors and the ever decreasing packing space, which I believe offers quite the niche for quantum computing to fill in. If it ever becomes a possibility, I think it could allow the processing of very efficient computing processes. The fact that you are not constrained by discrete binary numbers and therefore not limited to the traditional Boolean operations of conventional computer systems, that you can be at multiple states at the same time, that you can give photons polarization properties and thus transfer information from two points without having to measure this information, plus other properties could very much speed up current computer processes many millions of magnitude faster (data modelling, mathematical calculations, etc). Advances that could very well transform industries and might even help us program artificial intelligence. It’s at a very early stage but I could point you to this recent link: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-36203043 where IBM are giving public access for quantum computing.

      Another possibility to counter the Moore’s law problem would be to use chips made out of graphene (the subject of the 2010 Nobel prize award). Graphene is a very intriguing material; essentially, a sheet of carbon atoms packed in a honeycomb crystal lattice. Because it is highly conductive and only one-atom thick, it could serve ubiquitous use in solar cells, light panels, and also computing. It has even been recently interfaced with neurons in the brain and thus could process information in quite a similar way that our neurons do. Graphene also works at any wavelength which is an added advantage in that it could convert light into electricity much more efficiently than conventional standards. It is one of the best conductors of electricity ever discovered

      Cheers!

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  2. Hi Mohamed,
    You left an interesting comment on our Instagram feed. I’d like to publish an edited version of it in our next issue. Is there an email address where I can send this to you? Also, are you a U of T grad or faculty member?
    Thanks!

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