#QUANTUM:TheExhibition; #OntarioScienceCentre; #MartinLaforest; #ChrisFerrie; #QuantumComputers; #digitalcomputers; #QuantumMechanics; #Geophysics; #QuantumSensors; #OntarioScienceCentre
Toronto, Aug 21 (Canadian-Media): The exhibition QUANTUM: The Exhibition opened its doors at the Ontario Science Centre on Aug 18, media reports said.
Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Waterloo was responsible for creating QUANTUM: The Exhibition and is also the Knowledge Partner for the exhibition at the Ontario Science Centre.
This Canadian-made exhibition explores the research of the scientists who study at the quantum level to better understand the natural world.
Present in the exhibition were and Martin Laforest, PhD, Senior Business Development Manager and Quantum Tech Lead, ISARA Corporation and Chris Ferrie, PhD, Senior Lecturer, University of Technology Sydney, and author of Baby University books.
Laforest (on the left) and Ferrie (on the right) answered to various questions put forth by the audience gathered there.
Laforest was mainly engaged with research of the Quantum Mechanics and he told that the Quantum Computers at present are the size of a room and that it would be many decades before a working computer would be introduced to the public or at the academic field.
He said when he started research in this field there were only about 10 researchers who were involved in this. But at present, tens of thousand researchers all over the world are working in this field.
Ferrie, more on the academic side said that till about a few years back Physics was considered a branch of Science. But now Geophysics has evolved as a subject of natural science.
Geophysics is concerned with the physical processes and physical properties of the Earth and its surrounding space environment, and the use of quantitative methods for their analysis.
The visitors were introduced to the fundamentals of quantum mechanics and that things at the subatomic scale behave very differently from the macroscopic world we know.
QUANTUM: The Exhibition is the first-ever travelling exhibition on quantum information science and technology and explores, through creative storytelling and interaction, how quantum mechanics and information technology are merging to create revolutionary technologies to reveal how we live, work and play. The exhibition also reveals how quantum technologies will impact computing, communication, information security, sensing and more.
The concept of quantum computers is elaborated as below:
The exhibition also showcases quantum/versus digital computers.
The Exhibition showcases how computers, digital communications, information security, medicine and geographical exploration can be transformed by quantum computing.
Kevin Resch, Interim Director, Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC), University of Waterloo reportedly said that IQC, a global leader in quantum information research, had created this exhibition to show how quantum technologies like Quantification, Tunneling, Uncertainty, Entanglement, Interference, sensing the small, Quantum cooling will impact our future.
The Ontario Science Centre, Toronto, Ontario, is one of Canada's most popular iconic cultural attractions, and has been creating engaging and thought-provoking experiences in science and technology for over 45 years.
As a global leader in life-long learning, the Ontario Science Centre has welcomed more than 52 million visitors since opening its doors in 1969 and provides collaborative experiences, support 21st-century learning and builds world-class exhibition.
With its vision to have a more curious, creative and resilient world; and its mission to inspire passion for the human adventure of discovery, and its purpose is to believe science, technology and innovation will help us shape a better future for society and our planet.
Ontario Science Centre provides opportunities to explore, learn and collaborate and make a positive and enduring impact on the lives of individuals and communities.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#humanlikerobots; #humanoidbots; #judgmentalhumans; #robots
Toronto, Aug 17 (Canadian-Media): According to a new study, humanlike robots could be could be beneficial and improve your focus on the task at hand, media reports said.
With the rising popularity of humanoid bots in our day-to-day lives, scientists are trying to understand how their presence affects our thinking and behavior.
For this 58 people a common test, by researchers to measure focus, and were shown a series of words printed in different colors.
Ths subjects were asked to identify the color, ignoring the word itself.
Their scores were determined by the speed with which they responded.
Subjects were asked to take the test twice, first alone.
During the second time, they were presented with a new set of words while being watched for by for 60% of their tasks, by a humanlike robot, who stood 1.5 meters.
Before taking the test the subjects were asked to acquaint themselves with the robot, asking it a series of prewritten questions.
The robot was programmed to respond with either friendly, positive answers (good robot), or abrasive, negative ones (bad robot).
Researchers reported in Science Robotics (Aug 15) that subjects who were exposed to the “bad” robot finished the test faster than when they were alone.
However, there was no increase in the speed of the group that interacted with the “good” robot.
The researchers concluded that this might be due to presence of the cranky robot which caused the subjects to have a raised state of alertness that improves their focus.
The same effects were revealed earlier with judgmental humans.
This is the first study to examine the phenomenon with robots.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)