Beyond Quantum – Exhibition on Quantum Technologies

Beyond Quantum – What are quantum computers and who are the people behind the quantum technology revolution?

From quantum computers to super-refrigerators – the quantum technology revolution arrives at Mökki Galleria in Kaarina!
An exhibition uncovering the secrets of quantum technologies and the people behind them opens on March 1st. Besides exploring the Quantum World, Beyond Quantum will reflect on the intersection between Art and Quantum research.

The exhibition, sponsored by the University of Turku and Aalto University, explores the current state and development of quantum technology, unpacks the central concepts of quantum physics, and showcases artistic interpretations of quantum phenomena. Visitors can explore works of art, demos, and videos, all of which give insights into the work of researchers and their organisations. There will also be board games and VR games focused on quantum technologies!

One of the centrepieces of the exhibition is the interactive Quantum Garden artwork and game. Viewers of the piece are encouraged to interact with the artwork, to simulate a quantum random walker. The artwork helps the viewer visualise the principles of the models that underlie quantum computing and quantum biology.

The exhibition aims to show the quantum revolution currently taking place in an accessible and understandable way. Special events for Turku and Kaarina school students will be organised throughout the month. Researchers from the Turku Quantum Technologies group will explain quantum concepts, play with quantum games and organise activities aimed at exploring the quantum world.

The organisers of the event are part of the Centre of Excellence in Quantum Technology, consisting of ten internationally recognised research groups from Aalto University, the University of Turku and VTT. Beyond Quantum is funded by the Turku Centre for Quantum Physics, the Aalto University Centre for Quantum Engineering, and the Centre of Excellence in Quantum Technologies, and produced by Aalto University and the University of Turku.

The exhibition will be opened from March 1st until March 27th, Tu-Fr, 10:00-16:00, and it is suitable for all ages.

Imagined and real talking machines

Dr. Kimi Kärki 22.02.20, 17.00, Koulu (History class)

Docent Kärki will be talking about the research project he is currently involved in (“Talking Machines. Electronic voice and the interpretation of emotions and self-understanding in human-machine communication in 1960-2020”, funded by Kone Foundation), that studies speech audio as an interface between human and machine. The cultural history of such technologies is partially built on imagined futures within the works of speculative fiction, of which Kärki will focus on science fiction films. He will also talk about the transhumanism as the current meeting point of speculative popular culture and scientific advancements.

Bio: Kimi Kärki is Adjunt Professor (Title of Docent) of Popular Culture, in particular History of Popular Music, and Research Fellow in Cultural History and International Institute for Popular Culture (IIPC), Department of History, Culture and Arts Studies at University of Turku, Finland. His research interests include the history of popular culture, especially Anglophone popular music, history of religions, imagined technologies, and history theory. He is currently the Secretary of the European Popular Culture Association (EPCA), and the Web/publications officer at the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) Executive Committee. He has mostly published on the history of popular music, especially live music in spectacular environments, and is also a practicing musician. Homepage: http://users.utu.fi/kierka/

As always, the event is free and open for everyone interested, no prior knowledge on the topic required. Welcome!

Nuclear Power and Climate Change

Dr. Juha Poikola 14.12.2019, 17.00, Koulu (History class)

The last Science Cafe of 2019 continues the discussion we have started in the last Science Cafe on the key topic of Climate Change. We’ll meet at 17 in Koulu (History Class) with our speaker: Dr. Juha Poikola, Public Relations manager of Teollisuuden Voima Oyj. The title of his talk is: “What does International Energy Agency (IEA) say about Climate Change, what is the role of nuclear power?”.

The World Energy Outlook 2019 was published November 2019. It has 700 pages facts of what is happening in the World. It provides a set of scenarios that explore different possible futures, the actions – or inactions – that bring them about and the interconnections between different parts of the system.
Nuclear is sustainable, low carbon energy. Finland is the first country in the world that has a solution to spent fuel.

As always, Science Cafes are free and aimed at anyone, no previous knowledge of the topic necessary. Come and bring your friends!