Rene: Welcome to QuBites! Your bite- sized pieces of quantum computing. My name is Rene from Valorem Reply and today we're going to recap season 2. Yes, we already finished season 2! It feels just like we started season one. But yes, we had great conversations in season 2 and we continued our journey into applied quantum computing and talked with many great expert guests about the impact we're already seeing with quantum computing today. For example, we heard from Giovanni Fazzi [about] how quantum computing is also very much relevant to IoT use cases. In particular, thinking about the security implications of the future right? Then we talked with my fellow [Microsoft] MVP Ciprian about the current quantum computing hardware landscapes and he explained to us the current state-of-the-art, when it comes to stable qubits. And we learned all of that is mainly in a nanosecond range when we talk about stable qubit superposition states.

In season two's episode three, we talked with Giovanni Pilon and he shared with us some insights [on] how they were actually able to win the Airbus Quantum Computing Challenge that they, in the end, actually won out of a lot of applicants. And so, Giovanni Pilon’s team actually developed the solution, innovative solution, using a quantum-inspired optimization for plane loading optimization, right? How you can optimally load the plane. And you can imagine it's a very complex topic and that's why we talked about it. And that, in the end, achieved the winning spot for Giovanni Pilon and his team, right?

Then we met again with our good friend Dr. Sarah Kaiser who is always great to talk with. And she shared with us insights about her community work and the transparent research and development approach they are using at the Unitary Fund where she is working. By the way, Sarah of course does a lot of other things, mainly also a lot of community work in the quantum computing space. And also, she wrote a book and it's finally out, right? So, make sure you get a copy of Sarah's book which is called Learn Quantum Computing with Python and Q#. So, check out Dr. Sarah Kaiser's book there, I'm sure it's amazing.

Then, we also talked a bit about quantum computing machine learning again, just like we did in season one, right? We also continued the conversation there in season two and this time we talked about natural language processing, NLP, with Alessandro Farace. And we learned how, for example, conversational AI systems will also benefit from quantum computing and the machine learning progress, right? And then in season 2 episode 6, Spencer Cook gave us some great insights about how to best handle data for quantum computing.

Then we talked with Dr. Kitty Yeung from Microsoft, who shared with us not just her amazing fashion and art work she's doing, but also how she is combining that with her applied quantum computing knowledge for the creation of these really fun and engaging Azure Quantum Learning content stuff. So definitely go check that out.

And then we talked with Dr. Sara Felloni and she explained to me why the financial industry has such a strong interest in quantum computing. And she shared with us some use cases and examples of how she's leveraging quantum-inspired optimization with algorithms like QUBO and other things for her projects that she's doing in the finance industry, with financial institutes, right?

Well, and then in episode nine of season two we talked with Dr. Araceli Venegas-Gomez and she explained that we don't all need to have a PhD in quantum physics or quantum computing in order to make a career in quantum computing. And she shared with us there are, of course, many more roles that are required to have a full quantum computing workforce, right? And there is currently the skills gap, and she also explained how that can be solved, for example, like using Dr. Araceli Venagas-Gomez’s own educational service. And she also shared with us her personal journey, which was quite inspiring. So yeah, good stuff, I think.

And I can tell you, I hope you also enjoyed the show as much as I did. And season 2 as well as season one, right? I can tell you I enjoyed it a lot, the recording of season one and season two and talking with all these experts, hosting all the guests and you know learning all these things. And all these insightful conversations were really useful, for me at least, and I hope you at least got a little bit of the same impression there. And, of course, we're already thinking about the next season, season three of QuBites, and we want to hear from you. Yes, you, your feedback. The good and the bad ones, right? What would you like to see in season three, for example? What did you like or did not like in season 2? And so, that will help to drive some of the topics with season three of course. And if you have any topics in mind, don't hesitate, please reach out and share them with us. Let us know what topics and ideas you have. Also, if you know some great folks in the quantum computing world that we should have as a guest, or maybe you want to be a guest, please reach out. Send a mail, you know, reach out via our blog or you know, social media, what not. Just whatever you prefer, just reach out in some way if you have some great ideas for season three and some feedback for season two, we would love to hear that.

Thank you so much for joining us again for QuBites, your bite-sized pieces of quantum computing. Please watch our blog and follow our social media channels to hear all about the next episodes and of course season three once we are launching it. Thank you so much, so far. I hope to see you soon. Take care and bye, bye!