Seminario: “Ecology, politics, and ethics of quantum computing”

Seminario impartido por Emma McKay (York University).

Resumen: Quantum computing is growing in influence, thanks to interest from corporations and militaries. Many ethical decisions are thus present in this science, whether we like it or not. Thankfully, there are tools from science and technology studies that can help us make decisions with a critical eye by situating the work in a larger political and ecological context. In this talk, I will do just that for quantum work. First, I will share my own experience coming to see quantum science as ethically fraught. Then, we’ll look at the issues with the resources required to build quantum computers and with their applications in the military and corporations. Finally, I’ll connect this context to ethics and the ability to prevent a project from going forward.