#95, Simon Phillips, CTO at OQC: The Future of Quantum Computing

Published on May 8, 2024

This week’s episode focuses on a groundbreaking piece of technology that aims to reshape the world as we know it, even putting supercomputers to shame. Simon Phillips, CTO at Oxford Quantum Circuits (OQC), joins Gareth to give us insight into the potentially groundbreaking world of Quantum Computing. 

Dropping out of school early, Simon’s tech career started in the video game industry, working on some legendary games such as Championship Manager. Simon has always gravitated towards innovative technology, which culminated in him joining OQC to explore the endless possibilities of quantum computing. 

The potential of quantum technology is not to be underestimated, as Simon explains that this technology can, and will, change the world. However, this conversation explores the importance of keeping a ‘human element’ within our engagement with technology; we should be absorbing technology into our lives, not being absorbed by it. 

Time stamps 

  • What does good leadership mean to Simon? (02:21) 
  • “High school drop-out” to computer game innovator (04:18) 
  • Developing Championship Manager (08:49) 
  • The beginning of quantum computing (13:50) 
  • The reality of quantum computing today (22:40) 
  • Real-world applications of quantum computing (27:19) 
  • The next phase of human-technology interactions (38:08) 
  • Simon’s stellar productivity advice (40:53) 
  • His advice to his younger self (42:50) 

*Book recommendation- Chip War: The Fight for the World’s Most Critical Technology, Chris Miller. Chip War: The Fight for the World's Most Critical Technology: Amazon.co.uk: Miller, Chris: 9781398504127: Books