This week Microsoft released a preview of the "Microsoft Quantum Development Kit" to developers worldwide. The preview features Q#, Microsoft's attempt to simplify the physics for software developers so they can focus on writing functional applications.
We have fully activated the hype cycle on quantum computing. But I try to ignore the hype and focus on the substance. That's why I was happy last week to see two solid, all-star quantum computing events in the same week: IBM's Approximate Quantum Computing and QC Ware's Quantum Computing for Business (Q2B) conference.
Aside from being an avid underwater photographer, Helmut Katzgraber is a professor in Texas A&M University's Department of Physics and Astronomy and a consultant for 1QBit Information Technologies (research lead) and Microsoft Research. I had the pleasure of interviewing him last week, and was excited to ask him about his research.
We demonstrated photonic quantum communication between two quantum nodes. Is the "quantum Internet" next? The non-profit Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) recently created a "hybrid" quantum network link and demonstrated photonic quantum communication between two distinct quantum nodes.
Quantum memory and quantum processor components have different noise thresholds. That means that different error correction codes are used to protect them against noise, making it harder for them to exchange information. Researchers at the University of Innsbruck have designed a quantum bus to address this communications challenge.
In a superposition.com first, whurley sits down for a double interview with Jerry Chow and Jay Gambetta where they cover QISkit, Artificial Intelligence, IBM's 50-Qubit accomplishment, and the myths and misconceptions about quantum computing.
Yale University Professor Robert Schoelkopf and two colleagues are new competition in the race to build a quantum computer. From Silicon Valley start-up Rigetti Computing to IBM, from Google to Microsoft, from Sweden to China. The race is on to build a quantum computer, and a very interesting new competitor just joined the pack.
Yesterday Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT) shared its prototype quantum computer for public use over the internet. A joint, state-sponsored research project with Japan's National Institute of Informatics and the University of Tokyo produced the machine.
Quantum computers will eventually break Bitcoin's Blockchain, but that's just one side of the story. Critics often overstate the quantum threat to our current encryption schemes. They don't account for the potential for quantum computers to develop new encryption schemes.
The Swedes are going big, throwing 1 billion Swedish Krona (roughly $118 million or 100 million euro) into a research initiative with the goal of developing a robust quantum computer. A sizable investment that puts Sweden squarely in the global race.
Quantum computing is finally hurtling toward your car at breakneck speed! Well, sort of. Volkswagen and Google have announced plans to cooperate on a research project to explore the practical applications of quantum computing in the auto industry.
It's a great day at IBM Q when you make an announcement so newsworthy that you tell MIT's Technology Review you're "really proud of this" and "it’s a big frickin’ deal." That's what Dario Gil, IBM’s Director of quantum computing, got to do last Friday. Why the bravado?