Need for an Association for Quantum Computing Machinery

In a nutshell — An association dedicated to practical quantum computing

Details are beyond the scope of this overview paper

Need for an Association for Quantum Computing Machinery to promote quantum computing as a profession while advancing its science, technology, and applications

The single most powerful focus of an association dedicated to quantum computing is the leap (or slog) to practical quantum computing

The exact name of the association is not a critical part of this proposal

A nonprofit organization focused on serving its members

Focused exclusively on the needs of members

Local, regional, national, international, and both offline and online in scope

The essential activities and areas of interest of an association for quantum computing machinery

The essential technical areas of interest of an association for quantum computing machinery

The essential activities of an association for quantum computing machinery

Committees and working groups

Personas, use cases, and access patterns of an association for quantum computing machinery

Personas for an association dedicated to quantum computing

Adjunct affiliation

Other personas

Use cases for an association dedicated to quantum computing

Access patterns for an association dedicated to quantum computing

QSTEM — expanding STEM to emphasize quantum effects

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) as the inspiration for an Association for Quantum Computing Machinery (AQCM)

What does the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) do?

Origin of ACM

ACM awards

Why a separate association, for now

Quantum computing needs a dedicated association, undistracted by all of the baggage and competing interests of classical computing

Quantum computing needs a keen focus on hardware as well

Criteria for merger with ACM proper

Relation to IEEE and the IEEE Computer Society

Summary of the IEEE Computer Society

Relation to the American Physical Society (APS)

Relation to Nature magazine

arXiv as the premiere repository for published papers on quantum computing

phys.org for news on the latest papers posted on arXiv.org

A simplified and streamlined association

Cooperation with ACM

ACM Transactions on Quantum Computing (TQC) journal

Quantum computing is only a small “corner” of ACM, a diluted focus, not a dedicated and exclusive focus

ACM as a scientific and educational organization

Association for Quantum Computing Machinery as a QSTEM research, practice, and educational organization

When should such an association be brought into existence?

The association will happen when a motivated team of founding fathers make it happen

Timing for creation of an Association for Quantum Computing Machinery

But the sooner this effort gets started, the better

Why it may be too soon to get this organized

Need for a core team of elite founding fathers

Need for an advisory board to drive organization of the association

My only role is at this idea stage

Details of founding, organization, and operation of the association are beyond the scope of this proposal

Should founding of the association be synchronized with The ENIAC Moment for quantum computing?

ACM was founded very shortly after ENIAC went operational

The ENIAC Moment for quantum computing should be in sight

28 if not 32-qubit algorithms should be common

Origin relative to a Quantum Winter

Need for sponsors

Reverse sponsorships

Are the quantum old guard over the hill or too busy to focus on founding an association?

But the quantum old guard would be ideal for an emeritus advisory board

Should academia or industry lead the push for an association?

Role of government is vitally significant — not just academia and industry

One association vs. let 1,000 associations bloom

Wildcard: an association led by students or smaller entrepreneurs and startups with an interest in growing the talent pool

Research, product, and practice

Commercial competition

Drop “Machinery” to make it the Association for Quantum Computing?

Quantum information science

Quantum effects

Quantum information

Need for new fields

Need for the new field of quantum information theory

Quantum information science vs. quantum information theory

Quantum information science and technology (QIST)

Quantum science

Need for the new field of quantum computer engineering

Need for the new field of quantum computer science

Need for the new field of quantum software engineering

Local chapters

Student chapters

ACM Special Interest Groups

Special Interest Groups for quantum computing

Publications for quantum computing

Conferences, symposia, and trade shows for quantum computing

An association dedicated to quantum computing wouldn’t replace all other venues for publishing papers and holding conferences

Symposia for quantum computing

Quantum computing community

Quantum computing ecosystem

Distinction between the quantum computing community and the quantum computing ecosystem

Investors and venture capital for quantum computing

A rough 50/50 split between theory and practice

Need for curriculum and syllabus for quantum computing education

Certification for quantum computing skills

Recognition and awards for quantum computing

Students — the future of quantum computing

Post-ACM focus and organization

How can someone get involved? Just do it! Do your own thing! Do something, anything, and see what develops!

For now, quantum computing remains a mere laboratory curiosity

For now, quantum computing is still more appropriate for the lunatic fringe rather than mainstream application developers

For now, quantum computing remains in the pre-commercialization stage, not ready for commercialization yet and at risk of premature commercialization

My original proposal for this topic

Summary and conclusions

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