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.
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.”
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.
If there's one thing I love, it's seeing talented young people get involved and take charge of the future. Especially when it's quantum computing they're getting involved in. Patrick Rall and Bryce Fuller are definitely involved, teaching future developers at the University of Texas about quantum algorithms.
So my last post seems to have hit a nerve. I received several e-mails and InMails expressing a variety of opinions. You sent me great arguments about quantum computing and AI, but Gil Kalai is arguing that quantum computers are never going to work in the first place.
AI is all the rage, but can it really exist without quantum computing? There's been a lot of chatter lately about artificial intelligence and quantum computing. AI is in one of the biggest hype cycles in history. Are quantum computers the key to unlocking the world-changing potential of artificial intelligence?
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.
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.
Chris Ferrie and I teamed up to bring you a quantum baby masterpiece: Quantum Computing for Babies! Click on over to your favorite bookseller and pick up a copy. It's available for pre-order at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indie Bound, Books-A-Million, Powell's, and local Austin favorite, Book People.
The author of The Quantum Spy says producing world-class American Students is of National Importance. "The number of American citizens who can do very high-end research who also can easily get security clearances is limited. The ability of our schools to produce American students at a world-class level, that’s an important national challenge."
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.
Since we can't measure departure or arrival times without a delay, there may be a "quantum speed limit." Stay with me, here. I recently read an article by Sebastian Deffner that I found fascinating. In his piece, Professor Deffner discusses the discovery of a "quantum speed limit" that will effectively govern how fast quantum computers will actually operate. You're probably thinking the same thing I did. What does that mean?