Artur Ekert

In his academic life, Artur is usually labeled a physicist, but every now and then he is also called a cryptologist or a mathematician. His main research interest is information processing in quantum-mechanical systems. He’s one of the inventors of quantum cryptography (the others are Charles Bennett and Gilles Brassard, who also feature in this documentary). Artur is equally deeply interested in exploring the realm of the third dimension, both above our heads (he’s a legitimate pilot) and below the surface of the Pacific Ocean (as an avid diver and diving instructor). A good book plus a glass of a good wine won’t do him any harm either. His academic titles - yes, there are titles too: Professor of Quantum Physics, Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford; Fellow of Merton College, University of Oxford; Lee Kong Chian Centennial Professor, National University of Singapore; Director, Centre for Quantum Technologies; Scuba Diving Instructor, PADI # 495025.

Stephanie Wehner

A physicist and computer scientist, Stephanie was also previously a professional hacker (which, nowadays, is something to be truly proud of). Drawing from all that experience, she works on understanding the nature of quantum information. We all, or at least some of us, know how spooky quantum mechanics is, how elusive quantum phenomena are - Stephanie also investigates what are the limits of this spookiness. Stephanie works both for the Centre for Quantum Technologies, as one of its Principal Investigators, and for the Technical University of Delft as an Associate Professor in quantum information.

Vlatko Vedral

Entropy, energy and thermodynamics: what makes our universe tick? The origin of information: who makes it and how can we use it? Bizarre quantum effects such as 'entanglement': just how spooky is this stuff? These are the issues Vlatko deals with on a daily basis. Vlatko, Professor of Quantum Information Theory at the University of Oxford and the National University of Singapore and a Principle Investigator at the Centre for Quantum Technologies, is one of those scientists who manage to walk the fine line between the conventional and unconventional in science - and to survive. Even more, to thrive. He’s also a contributor to several popular science magazines and the author of the highly readable book “Decoding Reality”.

Charles Bennett

One of the masters of the quantum, Charles is one of the key people responsible for elucidating the interconnections between physics and information. He discovered why the famous smarty-pants Maxwell's demon is unable to break the second law of thermodynamics. With Gilles Brassard, Charles developed a practical system of quantum cryptography based on the outline of an idea by Stephen Wiesner (a different species of quantum cryptography was independently invented by Artur Ekert). The team of two is also responsible for the discovery of quantum teleportation, which differs slightly from what is seen in Star Trek but remains equally mind blowing. Bennett’s other interests go straight to the philosophical core of quantum theory. One of his passions is photography. He is IBM Fellow at IBM Research at the Thomas J. Watson Research Center in NY, United States.

Akhito Soeda

A mysterious crypto-courier who gets killed in the movie, Akihito is happily resurrected afterward. He is a quantum physicist. At the time of filming, he worked as a research fellow at Centre for Quantum Technolgies in Singapore. He now continues his scientific pursuits at the University of Tokyo, this time as an Assistant Professor.

Steven Low Thia Kwang, Ng Yang Ce

Steven is an experienced clay artist based in Singapore, whose presence in the movie is far from accidental. He draws his inspirations mainly from Nature’s forms, both organic and non-organic - he creates pieces of tangible beauty out of inner thoughts. Steven works as an Artist in Residence at Thow Kwang Pottery Jungle, home of one of only two surviving dragon kilns in Singapore. Yang Ce is an explorer of multi-disciplinary art forms, developing her skills under the guidance of Steven and Ms Yulianti Tan, one of the managers of Thow Kwang Pottery Jungle. More about Steven and Yang Ce:

Dagomir Kaszlikowski

Dag researches fundamental questions in quantum theory. For instance, he is one of the people digging into the phenomenon called quantum contextuality, meaning (generally) that outcomes of observations in the microworld depend on how the observation was performed and who did it. This dramatically defies our daily experience: we expect our observations only to reveal some pre-existing fact, not create the facts. Collapsing Dag’s wave function to his scientific pursuits would not be fair - he’s also a passionate filmmaker, researching the back alleys of his psyche. Watch some glimpses of that on his YouTube channel. Dag’s a Principal Investigator at the Centre for Quantum Technologies and Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics at the National University of Singapore.

Valerio Scarani

Valerio is a Principal Investigator at the Centre for Quantum Technologies and Professor in the Department of Physics, National University of Singapore, working on the foundations of quantum theory. He leads an interdisciplinary research project aimed at characterising and generating randomness from quantum processes. He also spreads the exciting news on discoveries of quantum physics beyond the academic boundaries. Valerio wrote two popular and juicy books on quantum theory, runs his own idiosyncratically skeptical blog, and pioneers in lecturing online. By the way - he speaks six languages, which makes him almost an ultimate communicator.

Christian Kurtsiefer

Quantum physics has its own league of mechanics. And here is one of the most talented of them. Give Christian a laser, a screwdriver and a few other tools and he'll build you a quantum teleportation machine from scratch. More specifically, he’s one of the pioneers of experimental quantum cryptography, one of the team who showed how careful we have to be about the limitations of our real world devices to live the dream of unbreakable quantum cryptography. Christian leads an experimental group concerned with implementing quantum information building blocks with photons and atoms - as a Professor in the Department of Physics and Principle Investigator at the Centre for Quantum Technologies, National University of Singapore.

Gilles Brassard

Gilles is a computer scientist, mathematician,and cryptographer. With Charles Bennett, he formed one of the most discovery-efficient duos in quantum physics. Together they discovered, for instance, one of the quantum cryptography protocols and the mechanism of quantum teleportation. The first quantum revolution happened in the early 20th century, when quantum theory was invented. Gilles says that we are poised to experience a second quantum revolution. As Professor of Computer Science and Canada Research Chair at the University of Montreal in Canada, he works to make it happen.

Strangeweather Movement Group

Together, Faye Lim, Bernice Lee, Christina Chan Jia Ai and Daniel Sahagun Sanchez form the Strangeweather Movement Group, a truly unique and fully independent dancing quartet based in Singapore. They say the group exists primarily for its members to develop a practice in movement exploration and improvisation. As a group or in collaboration with artists of other disciplines, Strangeweather creates scores and patterns that together make sticky and resonant dances. Their vocabulary is informed by contemporary and post-modern dance approaches, aikido, tai chi, capoeira and deep sea creatures. Faye, Bernice and Christina are both performers and choreographers, working at Frontier Danceland in Singapore as dance artists and educators. Daniel is an experimental researcher at the Centre for Quantum Technologies.

Jessica Lurie

Musical critics write that Jessica’s music defies genre borders, and that her multilayered sonic structure “melds lyrical pop, stinging rock, rhythmic Eastern European folk music and improvisation-heavy jazz with a dose of free-wheeling avant-groove-meets-grind” (Dan Ouellete, EMUSIC). And that’s exactly why her music was chosen as the soundtrack of “Reality Lost” - to illustrate complexity and the elusiveness of the reality we are submerged in. Jessica is an American composer, performance and multimedia artist, woodwind, saxophone, flute, clarinet player based in New York. More on her website: