Quantum computer

How quantum can help solve today’s biggest challenges

In this episode of the Think Ecosystem podcastthe speakers discuss the immense potential quantum computing has to meet society’s most pressing challenges.

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Podcast host Brad Artigue, EY Global Leader of the IBM Tech Hub, welcomes Richard Padbury, Global Lead, GSI and Consulting Partners at IBM Quantum, and Kristin Gilkes, EY Global Quantum Leader.

Together they discuss the intersection of quantum computing and the race to achieve net zero.

As the world grapples with the ongoing climate crisis, companies increasingly seek innovative solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and meet our carbon-neutral goals.

In this context, quantum computing, a rapidly developing field that leverages the principles of quantum mechanics to solve complex computational problems, holds immense potential to transform how we approach key sustainability challenges. Our expert guests explore cutting-edge quantum research and its practical application in the context of sustainability. How can quantum computing support renewable energy, carbon capture and storage, sustainable agriculture, and more?

In this episode, the panel discusses the ethical and social implications and considers how to ensure that quantum benefits are equitably distributed across society. 

Key takeaways:

  • The barrier to quantum exploration is low. From individuals to organizations, there are quantum computers to use now — and plenty of education to help anyone understand the technology. Organizations do not have to buy their own to explore the technology.
  • For organizations interested in sustainability, the first step is to map the problems they are trying to solve to what a quantum computer could solve.
  • Aside from sustainability the future of quantum will include intersections between wildly divergent disciplines and subject areas.

For your convenience, a full text transcript of this podcast is also available.

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Brad Artigue
EY Global IBM Tech Hub Lead


Episode 6


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