James Weaver

Developer, Author and Speaker (Pivotal)

James Weaver is a Java developer, author, and speaker with a passion for cloud-native applications, machine learning, and quantum computing. He is a Java Champion, and a JavaOne Rockstar. James has written books including Inside Java, Beginning J2EE, the Pro JavaFX series, and Java with Raspberry Pi. As a Pivotal Developer Advocate, James speaks internationally at software technology conferences. He tweets as @JavaFXpert, blogs at http://JavaFXpert.com and http://CulturedEar.com and may be reached at jweaver [at] pivotal.io

Past Activities

James Weaver
Code BEAM SF 2018
16 Mar 2018
11.25 - 12.10

Quantum Computing Exposed: Schrödinger's Grumpy Cat

The buzz about quantum computing has been rapidly increasing lately, and a growing number of developers have been looking into the subject. Concepts that developers typically find challenging after a cursory investigation of quantum computing include:

  • superpositions of quantum bits (qubits),
  • quantum gates,
  • quantum entanglement (Einstein’s “spooky actions at a distance”),
  • and the relevance of Schrödinger’s famous cat.

In this session, James Weaver will give a gentle introduction to quantum computing, including:

  • A brief history of quantum computers,
  • visualizing superpositions,
  • composing quantum algorithms with quantum gates,
  • understanding Shor’s potentially RSA encryption busting algorithm,
  • and current status of quantum computers.


Give developers an introduction to quantum computing. If time slots are 40 minutes, I would need two back to back slots. One would be entitled "Quantum Computing Exposed: Schrödinger's Grumpy Cat", and the other "Quantum Computing Exposed: Hacking Nature's Computer".

For your reference, here is a video of a five-minute lightning talk I did on quantum computing:




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Quantum Computing Exposed: Schrödinger's Grumpy Cat - SLIDES - Code BEAM SF 2018

Article by James Weaver

Slides from James Weaver's talk "Quantum Computing Exposed: Schrödinger's Grumpy Cat" - Code BEAM SF 2018


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