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 = 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 Register” R CTC R CR 0 0 0 “CausalityRespecting Register” 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?