Shoucheng Zhang: “Quantum Computing, AI and Blockchain: The Future of IT” | Talks at Google


Prof. Shoucheng Zhang discusses three pillars of information technology: quantum computing, AI and blockchain. He presents the fundamentals of crypto-economic science, and answers questions such as: What is the intrinsic value of a medium of exchange? What is the value of consensus and how does it emerge? How can math be used to create distributed self-organizing consensus networks to create a data-marketplace for AI and machine learning?

Prof. Zhang is the JG Jackson and CJ Wood professor of physics at Stanford University. He is a member of the US National Academy of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He discovered a new state of matter called topological insulator in which electrons can conduct along the edge without dissipation, enabling a new generation of electronic devices with much lower power consumption. For this ground breaking work he received numerous international awards, including the Buckley Prize, the Dirac Medal and Prize, the Europhysics Prize, the Physics Frontiers Prize and the Benjamin Franklin Medal.

He is also the founding chairman of DHVC venture capital fund, which invests in AI, blockchain, mobile internet, big data, AR/VR, genomics and precision medicine, sharing economy and robotics.

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  1. but the scientific method is bayesian inference (same as the brain it self…lel of course) and when the internal logic of the AI is not an inference logic how can it make scientific discoveries…?

  2. It is somehow ironic that the community of real scientists; who implicitly pursue the Greek humanistic Socratic agenda _ the search for truth in us and out there _ have not managed to create an independent institution that is dedicated to their well being and freedom within arbitrarily changing regimes and ideologies. An institutional journalistic voice to protect all these men and women; who think of humans as members of the genus Homo rather than as members of some tribe.

    This I am saying irrespective about the fate of this individual; to all appearances very humanistic in his ideological orientation; whose death seems to have provoked no investigation nor a real mention in the media; that generally celebrates sensations related to porno queens, movie- and sport stars, gangsters, pop- musicians comedians and sundry!

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