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Quantum Tech Pod Episode 68: Peter Chapman, CEO, IonQ

Peter Chapman, CEO of quantum computing company IonQ, discusses his career and journey with IQT Tech Pod host Christopher Bishop.
By Christopher Bishop posted 29 Feb 2024

My latest Quantum Tech Pod with Peter Chapman, President and CEO, of leading quantum computing company, IonQ, is live! 

Peter had an atypical childhood. He grew up near the Johnson Space Center in Houston because his father was an astronaut who used to fly over the house in his trainer jet. In high school, Peter went to study with the well-known cognitive scientist Marvin Minsky at the AI lab at MIT because he wasn’t being challenged enough in school.

He said that IonQ chose ions as qubits because they are all the same and perfectly identical. But he also said they may not be the modality of choice in 50 years – new approaches may emerge.

We discussed the new facility IonQ just opened outside Seattle to provide additional cloud access to clients and more room for their engineering team.

Peter also feels that at some point, we may not be able to put more qubits on a single chip, which might mean a quantum solution that uses multiple chips networked together, kind of the way we do blade servers in supercomputers today. 

Check out my wide-ranging conversation with Peter!

The “Quantum Tech Pod” podcast, hosted by Christopher Bishop from Inside Quantum Technology, offers a deep dive into the rapidly evolving world of quantum technology. Christopher, an industry expert, engages with leading figures in the field, discussing the latest developments, breakthroughs, and challenges in quantum computing, communication, sensing, and cryptography. The podcast is an informative platform for experts and enthusiasts, providing insights into how quantum technology shapes the future and its implications across various industries. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or just curious about quantum technology, “Quantum Tech Pod” delivers engaging conversations illuminating this cutting-edge field.

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