The Future of Computer Science, and Why Every

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And Why Every Other Major Sucks By Comparison
Scott Aaronson
Associate Professor, EECS
Stereotypes of CS Majors
Moore’s Law
So what’s next?
Robot Uprising
Uploading our brains to computers;
replacement of “real life” by the Matrix
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So what else is there?
What we’ve learned from
quantum computers so far:
15 = 3 × 5
(with high probability)
Relativity Computer
DONE
Zeno’s Computer
Time (seconds)
STEP 1
STEP 2
STEP 3
STEP 4
STEP 5
Time Travel Computer
S. Aaronson and J. Watrous. Closed Timelike
Curves Make Quantum and Classical
Computing Equivalent, Proceedings of the Royal
Society A 465:631-647, 2009. arXiv:0808.2669.
Answer
Polynomial
Size Circuit
C
“Closed
Timelike
Curve
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R CTC
R CR
0 0 0
“CausalityRespecting
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Computer Science Is Interdisciplinary
Math
Brain/Cognitive
Economics
Conclusions
- Great choice to get admitted here
- Come to MIT
- You could do a course other than 6-3, but
why?
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