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Colloquium: Are we quantum computers, or merely clever robots?

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Matthew Fisher, University of California, Santa Barbara
When
02 March 2017 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Where
117 Osmond Laboratory
Contact Name
Ying Liu
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Of course quantum information processing is not possible in the warm wet brain. There is, however, one “loophole" - offered by nuclear spins - that must be closed before acknowledging that we are merely clever robots. Putative neural quantum processing with nuclear spins seemingly requires fulfillment of many unrealizable conditions: for example, a common biological element with a very isolated nuclear spin to serve as a qubit, a mechanism for quantum entangling qubits, a mechanism for quantum memory storage and processing, a quantum to biochemical transduction that modulates neuron ring rates, among others. My strategy, guided by these requirements, is one of reverse engineering seeking to identify the bio-chemical substrate and mechanisms hosting such putative quantum processing. Remarkably, a specific neural qubit and a unique collection of ions, molecules and enzymes is identified, illuminating an apparently single path towards nuclear spin quantum processing in the brain.

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