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rdviii

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Quantum computer & network architect; Caltech, USC, Keio. Husband, father. 量子コンピュータ、量子ネットワーク。カリフォルニア工科大学、南カリフォルニア大学、慶應義塾大学。父。he/him.
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My PhD student Naphan Benchasattabuse passed his thesis proposal today!

rdviii,
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@fgrosshans no, this is just the contract phase: I'm gonna do this, and once I do, you're gonna give me a PhD for it, right?

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A short piece on the aurora by me on the LRB blog, featuring a snowy trip to Finland. https://www.lrb.co.uk/blog/2024/may/tractor-beams

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@grb090423 @Chrislintott there are aurora apps?!?

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I keep getting distracted by rabbit kits going by the house. It's very adorable.

rdviii,
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@xgranade assembled or still in the box?

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What are your nominations for CS/CE papers of the last decade (or so), ones that will show up in textbooks or change the fabric of what we do and how for decades to come?

Based on a query by Farber, after I showed him the book Ideas that Created the Future, with seminal papers up through 1979.

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Seems like one @xgranade will have good thoughts on.

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We have good biopics of Nash, Hawking, Turing, Ramanujan and Oppenheimer. Obviously, to make a good film, they not only have to be brilliant but also to have a truly compelling story.

So, who should be next (and did I forget anyone)?

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Yep, Google Translate still translates both -先生 and -さん as "Mister".

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Happy First Trump Criminal Trial Day to all who celebrate!

rdviii, to bookstodon
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@bookstodon Anybody got a recommendation for a book on the early 19th Romantics, Byron, both Shelley's, et al.?

Just finishing up Blood in the Machine (a FANTASTIC book about the Luddites that raises many more questions than it answers), and my interest in that crew is piqued.

rdviii,
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@bookstodon (abused apostrophe removed. DYAC. I know what I am doing with apostrophes, I will put them in when I want them, tyvm.)

rdviii,
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@bookstodon while we're at it, any recommendations for an audiobook version of Frankenstein? I have read it a couple of times, but most recently quite a while ago, so thinking I might give an audiobook version a try.

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soycamo, to random
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Another thing I miss about America: good Vietnamese or Thai food

rdviii,
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@FlockOfCats @soycamo with half a million Vietnamese people now living in Japan, I guarantee there are solid Vietnamese restaurants. Probably not a lot of info in English about them.

rdviii,
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@FlockOfCats @soycamo here, they're all Asian supermarkets :-).

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Only 2.5% of the world's population is Nigerian. 🇳🇬

But 33% of the top 100 ranked Scrabble players are Nigerian.

https://www.wespa.org/aardvark/html/rankings/full_rankings.html

Only 1.3% of the US population is Indian American. 🇮🇳

But 20 of the past 23 spelling bee champs have been South Asian.

https://people.com/human-interest/national-spelling-bee-champions-words-they-won-with/

British colonizers did this to themselves. 🤷🏿‍♂️

English belongs to us now.

rdviii,
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@mekkaokereke I've heard of both of those stats, pretty cool.
Where I work, I feel bad that I have to encourage students, staff and colleagues to speak my language instead of the local language, but for better or worse, it's today's most global language, and our job is to influence the world and nurture the next generation of global leaders.

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How Engineers at Digital Equipment Corp. Saved Ethernet - IEEE Spectrum
https://spectrum.ieee.org/how-dec-engineers-saved-ethernet

eliocamp, to random
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I've been thinking about that Sabine Hossenfelder video* that is doing the rounds and I have to say that I mostly don't like it. It raises real issues with how the incentives are laid out in science, yes, but the whole framing is (sometimes explicitly) that that is all academia is and there's nothing of value. Besides, these are not new issues and a lot of people have been talking about these points in a much more productive way.

1/n

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@eliocamp @academicchatter kudos to her for being brave enough to step up and tell us all about the UPS and downs of her career.
As you say, she raises good points, but isn't the first and won't be the last until we find some way to fix academia. I also agree with you that I wouldn't cast things the way she cast them, but it has me thinking, not for the first time.

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Okay, folks, I'm gonna have to do a long thread on . Keep your eyes peeled...

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Whether wide-area entanglement has truly compelling economic uses that will warrant deployment of a new global information infrastructure, well, that's a little harder to see. But would I bet on it? I already have. I've spent a good chunk of the last two decades working on this.

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So finally, some references. It won't be a surprise that these are to our own work:

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rdviii,
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A 2023 undergraduate textbook on #QuantumCommunications:
https://arxiv.org/abs/2311.02367

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Which is based on the first of three online courses, all uploaded to YouTube, in both English and Japanese: Overview of Quantum Communications, From Classical to Quantum Light, and Quantum Internet.
https://www.youtube.com/@QuantumCommEdu/playlists

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Thanks for listening. Hope someone found this interesting, and maybe decides to learn a little more!

rdviii,
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And thanks to the brilliant team of several dozen people I work with, most especially Shota Nagayama (who leads the Quantum Internet Task Force) and Michal Hajdušek (who does much of the educational materials and most of the physicsing).

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