[cryptography] University of Waterloo's Quantum Cryptography School for Young Students

Jean-Philippe Aumasson jeanphilippe.aumasson at gmail.com
Mon Jan 7 17:19:40 EST 2013

Somewhat related:

I believe that, in spite of appearances, the quantum computing story
is nearing its end, not because somebody proves that it is impossible,
but rather because 20 years is a typical lifetime of any big bubble in
science, because too many unfounded promises have been made, because
people get tired and annoyed by almost daily announcements of new
“breakthroughs”, because all the tenure positions in quantum computing
are already occupied, and because the proponents are growing older and
less zealous, while the younger generation seeks for something new …

In fact, quantum computing is not so much a scientific, as a
sociological problem which has expanded out of all proportion due to
the US system of funding scientific research (which is now being
copied all over the world). While having some positive sides, this
system is unstable against spontaneous formation of bubbles and
mafia-like structures. It pushes the average researcher to wild
exaggerations on the border of fraud and sometimes beyond. Also, it is
much easier to understand the workings of the funding system, than the
workings of Nature, and these two skills only rarely come together.
(see also a response on http://www.scottaaronson.com/blog/?p=1211)

On Mon, Jan 7, 2013 at 9:29 PM, David McGrew (mcgrew) <mcgrew at cisco.com> wrote:
> On 1/7/13 3:19 PM, "Kevin W. Wall" <kevin.w.wall at gmail.com> wrote:
>>I have mixed feelings about this. On one hand, I think it's great that
>>students will be learing something about quantum physics, but OTOH,
>>I think quantum crypto is a solution looking for a problem and so
>>this is only going to increase the QC / QKD hype of future generations.
> +1
> There is already too much hype over QKD.  It's "unbreakable" (if you pay
> no attention to all those vulnerabilities at the physical layer that can
> be exploited by attackers anywhere in between the encrypter and the
> decrypter).
> David
>>(From http://iqc.uwaterloo.ca/conferences/qcsys2013)
>>General Information
>>A summer school for high school students.
>>About the School:
>>The Quantum Cryptography School for Young Students is a unique,
>>week-long enrichment program for students hosted by the Institute for
>>Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo. This year the program
>>will run through August 12 ‹ 16, 2013. The school offers an
>>interesting blend of lectures, hands-on experiments and group work
>>focused on quantum cryptography ‹ a cutting-edge field that utilizes
>>the fascinating laws of quantum mechanics to develop unbreakable
>>encryption that protects communication.
>>Students get a first-hand look into the physics and mathematics of
>>quantum mechanics, cryptography and how they merge into one of the
>>most exciting topics in contemporary science ‹ quantum cryptography.
>>Participants meet and collaborate with some of the most renowned
>>researchers the field has to offer. Daily social activities encourage
>>relationship building between participants.
>>QCSYS covers all costs associated with the program except travel to
>>and from Waterloo. Travel bursaries are
>>available. All students, including those from the Waterloo region,
>>stay in a university residence with QCSYS chaperones. The program has
>>space for 40 participants.
>>QCSYS is for students who are:
>>In grades 11 or 12 (or equivalent) Exceptional grade 10 students may
>>be accepted space permitting
>>Age 15 and older
>>Enrolled in or have completed grade 11 mathematics or higher (grade 11
>>physics is recommended but not mandatory)
>>Fluent in English
>>Blog: http://off-the-wall-security.blogspot.com/
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>>is by accident. That's where we come in; we're computer professionals.
>>We *cause* accidents."        -- Nathaniel Borenstein
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