The podcast is hosted by Vincent Russo, a software engineer by day and quantum engineer by night; William Slofstra, a mathematician at the University of Waterloo; and Henry Yuen, a computer scientist at Columbia University.
In the four episodes to date, the hosts have traced the origin of The Mermin-Peres magic square, a simple game which is at the heart of many results in quantum cryptography and quantum complexity theory.
They have also spoken to Debbie Leung from the Institute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo about one of her favourite open problems and the capacity of the qubit depolarizing channel.
Episode 3 dives headfirst into “quantum certified deletion” with Anne Broadbent from the University of Ottawa, who explains how recipients of information can truly prove that they’ve deleted your information.
Finally, in the fourth episode released in July 2021, Nonlocal speaks with David Gosset, a professor at the University of Waterloo, about his research on quantum advantage for shallow circuits. When it comes to building quantum computers, the expectation is that they be capable of things that classical computers aren’t, which always leads back to the question of how to prove that is indeed the case.