Quantum Computing

Quantum Computing’s New Dynamic Duo: John Martinis And Michelle Simmons

Professor John M. Martinis is one of the world’s top quantum scientists. As a follow-up to our conversation a few months ago, I had a chance to talk to him while he was temporarily working with Michelle Simmons, CEO of Silicon Quantum Computing, in Australia.  Michelle Simmons is a highly regarded quantum physics professor at …

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The Upcoming Women In Quantum Summit III And Its Secret 70 Year-Old Legacy

It is well-documented that women are underrepresented in STEM, particularly in physics and quantum, although thankfully it is to a lesser degree today than it was many years ago. In the 1930s and 1940s, some people believed that women didn’t have the proper brain structure for scientific investigation. Those opinions and other gender prejudices must …

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MIT Lincoln Laboratory Creates The First Trapped-Ion Quantum Chip With Fully Integrated Photonics

Most experts agree that quantum computing is still in an experimental era. The current state of quantum technology has been compared to the same stage that  classical computing was in during the late 1930s.  Quantum computing uses various computation technologies, such as superconducting, trapped ion, photonics, silicon-based, and others. It will likely be a decade or …

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Honeywell Quantum Solutions Releases Its New System Model H1 Quantum Computer

Honeywell Quantum Solutions announced the release of its next generation quantum computer. The System Model H1 uses trapped-ion technology built on Honeywell’s advanced QCCD architecture. The new quantum computer will be available under a newly created subscription service. The system can be directly accessed via a cloud API, as well as through Microsoft Azure Quantum. …

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IonQ Releases A New 32-Qubit Trapped-Ion Quantum Computer With Massive Quantum Volume Claims

Last May, I had a discussion with Peter Chapman, CEO of IonQ, a start-up quantum computing company.  Before coming to IonQ, Chapman worked for Amazon, where he was responsible for all the technical complexities of Amazon Prime.  IonQ had accomplished a lot in the twelve months that Chapman had been at the helm, so I …

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Honeywell’s Tony Uttley And The Quest For Quantum

If you are not a scientist or a techie, and perhaps even if you are, the word “quantum” might sound like something out of Star Trek. It’s futuristic, for sure, but it is not fiction. Quantum computers, and the genuinely revolutionary computational power it promises, may not be too far off at all. At the …

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President Trump’s Q-12 Quantum Education Initiative For Middle And High School Students Is Seriously Underfunded

Quantum and artificial intelligence are strategic technologies for the United States. According to Senator John Thune, chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, “America is now in a race with China and Europe to develop the next technological breakthroughs based on the power of quantum science. It’s a race we must win.” In …

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Xanadu Brings Photonic Quantum Computing To The Cloud

On September 2nd Xanadu announced it would offer cloud access to its gate-based photonic quantum computers. Xanadu is a Canadian quantum technology company founded in 2016 and obtained $32 million Series A financing in mid-2019. Additional grants from DARPA and Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) brought its total investment to $45 million.  Xanadu is the first …

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Amazon’s Braket Quantum Cloud Service Now Open For Business

Since late 2019, Amazon Braket has been in private preview. However, Amazon AWS recently announced its general availability. Customers can purchase quantum computing services directly from the Amazon Braket platform.  Amazon named the service after a standard quantum notation called Bra–ket that was created in the late 1930s by Paul Dirac, a famous theoretical physicist.  Braket is …

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IBM Announces It Doubled Quantum Volume From 32 To 64

IBM announced that it had doubled last year’s quantum volume 32 to a quantum volume of 64 using one of its newest 27-qubit Falcon processors.   Quantum volume is a metric that indicates the relative computational power of a gate-based quantum computer. IBM had doubled its systems’ quantum volume every year since 2017 when it first …

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QC Ware Announces Quantum Machine Learning Breakthrough

QC Ware defines itself as a quantum computing-as-a-service company that builds enterprise solutions to run on quantum computing hardware. It recently announced several significant breakthroughs in quantum machine learning (QML).  What is machine learning? Machine learning is a subset of artificial intelligence. It has evolved from simple work in the 1950s to today’s deep learning …

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Quantum Computing Trifecta Previewed On Microsoft Azure Quantum At Build 2020

Like many 2020 technical conferences, this year’s Microsoft Build 2020 was a digital event. Along with other announcements, Microsoft highlighted Azure Quantum. Microsoft Azure Quantum is a full-stack, open cloud quantum ecosystem first revealed in 2019. Azure Quantum includes access to quantum hardware offered by three different companies. The service also supports the use of Microsoft’s open-source …

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IonQ CEO Peter Chapman At The 12 Month Mark

It has been one year since Peter Chapman left e-commerce giant Amazon to become CEO of IonQ, a small five-year-old quantum computing startup. Chapman is a seasoned technology executive who brings a wealth of large system software, AI and computing experience to IonQ. At Amazon, he was one of two executives responsible for the complex, ever-changing mixture …

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Google’s Top Quantum Scientist Explains In Detail Why He Resigned

The news that Professor John Martinis had resigned from Google sent ripples through the entire quantum community. A few days after the announcement, I was on two previously scheduled calls with quantum executives and a call with another quantum CEO. Each was as baffled and as curious about Professor Martinis’ departure from Google as I was. I had …

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IBM Issues A Public Challenge To Program Its Quantum Computers

While most of today’s challenges seem to be related to COVID-19, this week IBM issued one of its own—one that has nothing to do with the pandemic. On May 4, 2016. IBM first made quantum computing accessible to the public. To celebrate the fourth anniversary of the occasion, the company decided to challenge the public …

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Big Atoms Make Small, Super-Sensitive Quantum Receivers

Classical physics describes how big things behave and interact in our physical world. Throw a ball into the air, and you know it will go up and come down in a predictable path every time. In the quantum realm, if you could throw something up, it might come down, or it might not, or it might …

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Quantum Computing With Particles Of Light: A $215 Million Gamble

PsiQuantum, a little-known quantum computing startup, recently received $150 million in a Series C funding round that closed earlier this year. The funding was led by Atomico, with participation from other frontier tech VCs, like Founders Fund, growth investors like Blackrock and Ballie Gifford, and strategic partners like Microsoft’s M12 Ventures. Including the latest funding, …

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The Schizophrenic World Of Quantum Interpretations

To the average person, most quantum theories sound strange, while others seem downright bizarre. There are many diverse theories that try to explain the intricacies of quantum systems and how our interactions affect them. And, not surprisingly, each approach is supported by its group of well-qualified and well-respected scientists. Here, we’ll take a look at the two most …

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Honeywell Surprisingly Announces It Will Be Releasing The Most Powerful Quantum Computer In The World

Honeywell Quantum Solutions has been relatively secretive about what it was working on since it entered the world of quantum computing with modest fanfare in mid-2018.  Their chosen technology was trapped-ion quantum computing.  At the time, Tony Uttley, President of Honeywell Quantum Systems, quietly predicted it  would eventually become a leader in quantum computing. His confidence …

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Honeywell Demonstrating That It’s An IIoT, Not Just An OT Company

Honeywell is a company best known today for its operational technology (OT) presence in the commercial flight and industrial sectors. Its technology is deeply integrated throughout transport aircraft, satellites, defense agencies, manufacturing and chemical plants, refineries and commercial office buildings. All of these scenarios are incredibly ripe for a digital transformation and exemplify the target …

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