Dr. Suzanne Gildert
This section used to say:
‘I’m an experimental Physicist working in the field of quantum devices’.
But I’m not sure that’s accurate anymore. I’m more interested in the big picture: Can Physics tell us about what it is possible to do, build, and be within our Universe?
During the day I work for D-Wave Systems, helping to build and sell the world’s first commercial quantum computers. I work on communicating to people why these systems will be a revolutionary addition to the family of modern computing tools. Factoring? Encryption? No. These systems are much better applied to artificial intelligence, genomics, bio-informatics and next-generation search. We’re building hardware and applications to demonstrate to the world why we need new computing paradigms.
By night I research the philosophical foundations of Artificial General Intelligence. That’s basically trying to work out whether it is possible to build machines that are more intelligent than humans. This blog is in part dedicated to communicating the results of such musings. When contemplating the fate of humanity becomes a bit overwhelming, I relax by painting and writing. I create fantasy, gothic and dark art, using both traditional methods and digital painting techniques. You can visit my artpage here. I have a book of art and poetry published. I also enjoy programming, web design, entrepreneurship, picnics, sporting odd gothic/victorian costumes, visiting quaint village tea shoppes and cathedrals, transhumanism, and a variety of other things too numerous to list.
I love reading. I’m a big fan of sci-fi and popular science books. I’m generally interested in weird and wonderful theories of physics, AI, quantum computing, complexity, social physics, mathematics, neuroscience, technological progress and the links between all these topics. I also enjoy attending conferences, lectures, and generally meeting people who are also interested in learning more about the world.
Why ‘Physics and Cake’ ?
The idea of physics being combined with cake is somewhat of an oxymoron, to symbolise the concept of physics as an everyday topic, something you might discuss over a cup of tea and a slice of cake. This is something I personally would like to see happening. I think that scientists have earned a stereotype as being unapproachable and incomprehensible, for several reasons including the way in which academia operates and is funded. In addition, many people just wouldn’t hold a conversation about science in a social surrounding, which in part is due to low media coverage of scientific progress. This blog is a small effort towards trying to change some of those misconceptions and misrepresentations.
It’s also a deliberate meme to get people to remember the site. It seems to work 🙂
Feel free to contact me at suzannegildert(at)gmail com (Replace space with a dot). I’m happy to speak about one or more of my areas of interest at conferences and events.
To learn more about my AGI research topics and projects that I’m currently working on, please check out the AGI Research Page.
For information about D-Wave Systems, please visit the D-Wave Homepage.