TechCrunch Oped: Quantum computing, not AI, will define our future

I sincerely believe that all of our hopes and dreams around everything from going to Mars to curing cancer will be somewhat dependent on quantum computing; making it the space race of our generation. I reject proprietary, cutthroat approaches to this emerging technology. It’s clear to me that quantum computing can serve the greater good through an open-source, collaborative research and development approach that I believe will prevail once wider access to this technology is available. I’m confident crowd-sourcing quantum computing applications for the greater good will win.

Fortune and Glory, Kid. Fortune and Glory.

Listen, I have to take a short break from the quantum commentary to address the rumors, e-mails, Facebook messages, tweets, and InMail (and that one snap chat someone sent; you know who you are). You all know by now I'm fascinated with quantum computing, because I never shut up about it.  I figure it's time to do something about that. Which is why I'm taking a couple weeks off to launch my own entry into the quantum computing fray.

King Classical, Quantum Supremacy, and the Pursuit of Practical Applications

I think we'll soon see a quantum computer demonstrate quantum supremacy in a way that we can all take to the bank. However, physicists and engineers in labs around the world are still struggling to overcome the hardware challenges. Quantum software applications might as well be an endangered species. Richard Feynman, the physicist credited with the idea for a quantum computer, once quipped, “By golly, it’s a wonderful problem, because it doesn’t look so easy.”

The Countdown to Quantum Computing

Last week I shared with you that mathematician Gil Kalai doesn't believe quantum computing is possible. He says the math just isn't there to ever achieve reliable, practical error correction.  Not that Dr. Kalai is alone in this belief, but there sure are a lot of major players that seem to think we're on the verge of one of the biggest shifts in computing in the last 100 years.

Driving into Quantum Computing with Team Volkswagen

I'm truly excited today to bring you this interview. When I first read about Volkswagen and D-Wave teaming up on traffic optimization, I wanted to get to the team to learn more about exactly what they were up to. Traffic optimization is exciting, to be sure. But high-performance batteries for electric vehicles? Vehicles with artificial intelligence? That's some hot stuff, right? So I wanted to get this talented team to answer some questions, and boy did they deliver.

Will Two Quantum Computing Milestones Be Announced in the Next Few Weeks?

The Financial Times reports two "scientific milestones" will be announced in the "next few weeks" by Microsoft and Google, but my Google Home says not so fast. Will Microsoft and Google be making major quantum-related announcements soon? According to the Financial Times, Microsoft and Google are prepared for big leaps in quantum computing, but I'm a little suspicious.

Bill Gates Says He Doesn’t Understand Quantum Computing, and That’s a Big Problem

There's a huge elephant in the room we need to discuss. Bill Gates admitted to Wall Street Journal Magazine that quantum computing leaves him baffled. Satya Nadella said he can't explain it in a sentence. If we're going to build quantum computing into a multibillion-dollar industry, we're going to have to make it understandable and accessible. We're going to have to be able to explain it in a sentence, and people with far less experience than Mr. Gates have to be able to grok it.