The Unit for Quantum Digital Humanities


The Unit for Quantum Digital Humanities

Digital Humanities equiped with Quantum Computer ( new effective and fastest computer based on new physics ) is  what we can define as Quantum Digital Humanities.

Website: http://Quantum DH
Location: Oxford
Members: 4
Latest Activity: Oct 26, 2016

Quantum Digital Humanities. Refinements.

Full-scale quantum computer [ QC ] is not existing now, however, mathematical software  for quantum computer is well-developing area of modern quantum computing. Some applications of QC -software could be used in humanities and social sciences , for example, quantum game theory inspired by quantum software can demonstrate advanced results  in the arts, anthropology, politics, economics, historical reconstructions and simulations of randomness.  Another area of Quantum DH is quantum cryptography. Generally speaking , quantum digital humanities can perform a new way of cooperation between "two cultures" and, may be, to achieve real approximation to Ancient Dream of the Classical  Greeks - Super Unification of Humanities, Social and Natural sciences, in general.

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Comment by Michael Alexeevich Popov on November 29, 2014 at 1:15pm

At least, digital quantum humanities in Oxford has a sense...

A consortium of academic and industrial partners led by Oxford University will deliver quantum technologies including building a small fully-functional and scalable quantum computer.

The Oxford-led Hub for Networked Quantum Information Technologies (NQIT) will look to combine state of the art systems for controlling particles of light (photons) together with devices that control matter at the atomic level to develop technologies for the future of communications and computing.

NQIT is one of four Quantum Technology Hubs that will be funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) from the £270 million investment in the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme announced by the Chancellor, George Osborne in his Autumn Statement of 2013. NQIT will receive a total of almost £38m of government funding.

Within NQIT are over a dozen industrial partners and nine universities: Oxford, Bath, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Leeds, Southampton, Strathclyde, Sussex and Warwick.

The flagship goal of NQIT is to build the Q20:20 machine, a fully-functional small quantum computer. This device, targeted to be operational within five years, would far exceed the size of any previous quantum information processor. Crucially its design is fundamentally scalable, so that it would open the pathway to quantum computers big enough to tackle any problem.

Applications of the technology include 'machine learning' – the challenge of making a machine that can understand patterns and meaning within data without having to be 'taught' by a human.

'Quantum Computing will enable users to solve problems that are completely intractable on conventional supercomputers. Meanwhile Quantum Simulation provides a way to understand and predict the properties of complex systems like advanced new materials or drugs, by using a quantum device to mimic the system under study' said NQIT's Director Professor Ian Walmsley of Oxford University's Department of Physics

Comment by Michael Alexeevich Popov on August 8, 2013 at 2:03pm

                         "It from Bit or Bit from It?"
Our Quantum DH is participant of FQXi 2013 contest

 Bit from it. Mathematical Clarification by Michael Alexeevich Popov

Idea of Global Contest 2013:
The past century in fundamental physics has shown a steady progression away from thinking about physics, at its deepest level, as a description of material objects and their interactions, and towards physics as a description of the evolution of information about and in the physical world. Moreover, recent years have shown an explosion of interest at the nexus of physics and information, driven by the "information age" in which we live, and more importantly by developments in quantum information theory and computer science.

We must ask the question, though, is information truly fundamental or not? Can we realize John Wheeler’s dream, or is it unattainable? We ask: ”It From Bit or Bit From It?”

Possible topics or sub-questions include, but are not limited to:

  • What IS information? What is its relation to “Reality”?

  • How does nature (the universe and the things therein) “store” and “process” information?

  • How does understanding information help us understand physics, and vice-versa?

Comment by Michael Alexeevich Popov on May 17, 2013 at 11:43am

D - Wave Two : New Quantum Machine 

"A $15m computer that uses "quantum physics" effects to boost its speed is to be installed at a Nasa facility. It will be shared by Google, Nasa, and other scientists, providing access to a machine said to be up to 3,600 times faster than conventional computers.This allows it to reach solutions to certain types of mathematical problems in fractions of a second "

according to a paper presented this week (the result of benchmarking tests required by Nasa and Google), it is very fast indeed at finding the optimal solution to a problem that potentially has many different combinations of answers.

In one case it took less than half a second to do something that took conventional software 30 minutes.

A classic example of one of these "combinatorial optimisation" problems is that of the travelling sales trader, who needs to visit several cities in one day, and wants to know the shortest path that connects them all together in order to minimise their mileage.The D-Wave Two chip can compare all the possible itineraries at once, rather than having to work through each in turn.

"Geordie Rose, D-Wave 


Comment by Michael Alexeevich Popov on May 10, 2013 at 11:18am


New branch of future anthropology. Heuristic 2013

The term "Anthropomatics" was coined by a Karlsruhe informatics professor ten years ago as the science of symbiosis between human and humanoid and refers to a research field, which focuses on human-centered environments, with an aim to researching and developing people-friendly systems using informatics.

This is only possible if we have a basic understanding and the modelling of people e.g. in terms of anatomy, motorics, perception, behaviour and how information is processed.

Today's Anthropomatics conference Homepage: 

Prolegomena of Anthropomatics :

"Robots are machines. It follows that the study of robotics is carried out in the natural sciences in disciplines such as engineering, physics, biology, and medicine. On the other hand, human nature is studied in the humanities in disciplines such as philosophy, history, literature, and the visual and performing arts. Although some disciplines such as mathematics transcend both the natural sciences and the humanities, the divide between robotics and the humanities is huge. Or so it seems.

Robotics began as the study of automation and automatic machines. But this is changing.  It is now taking on new roles that go well beyond mechanistic automation, impacting directly on people in their everyday lives. Robots perform surgery on people (with a little help from human doctors) and, in the form of adaptive prosthetic devices, robots replace missing limbs in humans. In recent years, research in cognitive robotics seeks not only to replicate human intelligence in robots but also to use these robots as tools to understand cognition in humans. Despite all this, robotics is still perceived to be anchored completely in the natural sciences. This needs to change.

While there is still a long way to go before robots become intelligent in the way humans are, the clear goal is that they will be some day. However, we still have not answered the most frequently asked question in science fiction: to what extent can a robot become like a human? Since science fiction has a habit of becoming science fact, this is a crucial question, among other things,  because it gives us the opportunity to fantasize about plausible snapshots of the future and what a world, populated by autonomous artificial systems, may look like. The influence of the humanities on the study of robotics is rapidly growing, for the simple reason that robotics is becoming a part of humanity: assisting, interacting,, and enabling people in an increasing number of ways. The humanities are the domain of human nature and the natural sciences are the domain of robotics but the two are not separate. If it is to be effective, robotics must take into account our understanding of humanity "...

  Important topics of anthropomatics are the multimodal interaction of people with technical systems, humanoid robots, language understanding, image perception, learning, recognising and understanding situations, generating knowledge through experience, formulating memory, emotions, processing biosignals and sensor data processing in sensor networks.



Comment by Michael Alexeevich Popov on February 1, 2013 at 3:31pm

Good news from Nuffield :

Experimental work in the social sciences in Oxford had been started by Michael Bacharach in the 1990s, but following his untimely death in 2002, it had faded away [see here for archive of Michael’s papers]. The Centre for Experimental Social Sciences (CESS), created by Nuffield College in February 2008, resumes the experimental initiative in Oxford.

Tue 29 Jan 2013 17:00 Butler Room Andrew Schotter New York University

On Blame and Reciprocity: Theory and Experiments



Comment : There is an analogy with Quantum telepathy games  - it is posible to perform test for blame notion with players- computers. 

Comment by Michael Alexeevich Popov on August 11, 2012 at 2:39pm


My contribution -


Thought mathematical experiments, quantum protocols and algorithms are used to aware of future quantum reality as well as to be part of the most advanced scientific adventure of the 21st century.

Book 2.0 Project with CRASSH


Book 2.0 is a new, interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal which aims to publish articles and reviews on developments in book creation and design - including the latest in technology and software affecting illustration, design and book production. Book 2.0 will also explore innovations in distribution, marketing and sales, and book consumption, and in the research, analysis and conservation of book-related professional practices. Book 2.0 aims to provide a forum for promoting and sharing the most original and progressive practice in the teaching of writing, illustration, book design and production, and publishing across all educational sectors.

Comment by Michael Alexeevich Popov on July 23, 2012 at 7:12pm


September 10th – 14th, 2012, Singapore

Quantum cryptography aims to achieve security from fundamental physical principles, such as the quantum mechanical phenomena of entanglement and Heisenberg's uncertainty principle. In the last few years significant progress has been made in the theoretical understanding of quantum cryptography and its technological feasibility has been demonstrated experimentally. Quantum cryptography is therefore regarded as one of the most promising candidates for a future quantum technology.

QCRYPT is a new conference series on Quantum Cryptography. The first event took place at ETH Zurich September 2011, and was a resounding success with nearly 140 participants both from theoretical and experimental research groups, making it the largest conference in this area. The second event will take place at the National University of Singapore.

Comment by Michael Alexeevich Popov on July 23, 2012 at 7:07pm

Digital Humanities Congress 2012

University of Sheffield, 6 - 8 September 2012

The University of Sheffield's Humanities Research Institute with the support of the Network of Expert Centres and Centernet

"At Sheffield we understand the digital humanities to mean the use of technology within arts, heritage and humanities research as both a method of inquiry and a means of dissemination. We’re therefore excited to have a varied programme with speakers from disciplines across the arts, humanities and heritage domains " .


Our keynote speakers are:

  • Professor Andrew Prescott (Head of Department, Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London)
  • Professor Lorna Hughes (University of Wales Chair in Digital Collections at the National Library of Wales)
  • Professor Philip Ethington (Professor of History and Political Science, University of Southern California and Co-Director of the USC Center for Transformative Scholarship)

Download our full programme

Comment by Michael Alexeevich Popov on July 16, 2012 at 12:56pm


NSMNSS network - nonclassical reality group Research methods community  Twitter #NSMNSS or

Oxford's IRC Conference Persons and their Brains 2012, etc - collection of video

http:// ianramsey centre/conf1012/grayling/onDemand,html  

Comment by Michael Alexeevich Popov on April 21, 2012 at 5:26pm

 Poster on quantum internet for  "Internet, Politics, Policy 2012" ( an academic conference that will explore the new research frontiers opened up by Big Data as well as its limitations) is accepted.

Organised by the Oxford Internet Institute (OII, University of Oxford) on behalf of the OII-edited academic journal Policy and Internet, the conference will take place over two days (20-21 September 2012) at St Anne's College in central Oxford, UK.


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