The U.S. Department of Energy joins Intel, IBM, Google, and Microsoft in the quest to develop a quantum computer. The agency charged with ensuring America’s "security and prosperity" has taken a big interest in quantum computing. I, for one, think this is amazing!
I've written about quantum computing and security risk before. I've written about China, Sweden, and other nations pouring development funds into the field. I've also written about the fear mongering around this new technology, and discussed the possibility that the United States is falling behind in the quantum race. But I'm no David Ignatius. None of my posts hold a candle to his new book, The Quantum Spy.
Cracking encryption schemes is about time and resources, nothing more. With enough time and enough resources, I can break any scheme we have thus far devised. So quantum computers are scary because . . . ? They have the potential to solve certain problems faster? Maybe the issue isn't with quantum computers, but with the way we secure our valuable, private, and/or classified data?
Recently quantum computing startup Rigetti Computing proved a hybrid quantum computer running their 19Q (a 19-qubit processor) was capable of cluster analysis, a staple of machine learning. But what I'm most excited about is that the 19Q is now available as a programmable back end in Forest, and anyone can apply for access.
That's right, Superposition fans, SXSW 2018 will feature an awesome panel on quantum computing! I get to kick things off in the new year by sharing what I believe will be one of the best panels at SXSW 2018: "Quantum Computing: Science Fiction to Science Fact." Patricia Baumhart has pulled together an all-star lineup, with Andrew Fursman (1QBit), Antia Lamas-Linares (Texas Advanced Computing Center at University of Texas), Bo Ewald (D-Wave Systems U.S.), and Jerry Chow (IBM). You so need to be there for it.
2017 was a very interesting year for quantum computing, and I was lucky enough to cover quite a bit of it. As I looked back on the year, I wondered, "What were the most popular posts? What did you, my valued visitors, care about?" Here are the top five posts of 2017. Along with my top 3 predictions for 2018.
After yesterday's Christmas wishes, I wanted to get some predictions for 2018 while I had such an illustrious group engaged. From a topological qubit, to machine learning, to demonstrating quantum advantage, I think you'll enjoy their insights into where quantum computing is headed in the new year.
As I sat there on Christmas Eve morning, I saw the end of the year coming fast. I wanted to come up with a few last 2017 posts that might actually be of some interest. So I reached out to some of the stars of the quantum universe and asked them to share their Christmas wish lists (and in one case, a present). I took the best wish from each and included it below. Here's what some of your favorite quantum computing peeps hope they'll get this year.
Three Reasons Why the Claims that Microsoft’s Quantum Computing Efforts are “Vaporware” are #FAKENEWS
Forbes opinion piece questioning Microsoft's decision to preview Its quantum "vaporware" is inconceivable. That's some pretty happening click bait, but two can play that game. While I have never been Microsoft's biggest fan, I will defend any quantum computing effort I see unfairly slammed.
Due to a lack of entanglement, NTT’s Coherent Ising Machine may not qualify as a quantum computer. I posted last week about a new prototype quantum computer hosted by NTT in Japan. This prototype was exciting because it was freely available, operating at room temperature, and using very little power to do so.
I'm psyched this week to share my interview with Dr. Brian La Cour, Director of the Center for Quantum Research at Applied Research Laboratories. His current research interests are quantum computing, contextuality, and quantum foundations. He's already published several papers this year, including "Using Quantum Emulation for Advanced Computation," which was one of the main reasons I wanted to talk to him.
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.