We are LIVE! Talking with IBM’s Dr. Jay Gambetta about Entering the Era of Quantum Utility

By Patrick Moorhead - December 4, 2023

In the latest episode of the Moor Insights & Strategy Insider Podcast, I had the pleasure of discussing the rapid advancements in quantum computing with Dr. Jay Gambetta from IBM. The conversation centers on IBM’s significant contributions to quantum computing, particularly their comprehensive strategy and commitment to technological development. Dr. Gambetta highlights IBM’s efforts in transitioning from merely benchmarking quantum physics to advancing science with larger, more complex quantum machines.

Jay introduces the concept of “quantum utility,” describing IBM’s focus on making quantum technology more accessible and useful for real-world applications. This includes moving beyond benchmarking to using quantum machines for advancing scientific knowledge. He emphasizes the importance of IBM’s hardware capabilities, particularly the development of larger quantum systems like the 100-qubit system, and IBM’s open-source software stack, Qiskit.

We also cover IBM’s roadmap, with ambitious goals including expanding quantum circuit sizes and integrating error correction for improved performance. Our conversation touches on the practical applications of quantum computing in fields like materials science and chemistry, and the potential for quantum computing to solve complex mathematical problems.

Jay also explores IBM’s efforts to make quantum computing more user-friendly and applicable to real-world problems, with a focus on the integration of quantum and classical computing. He also mentions upcoming hardware developments like the IBM Heron Quantum Processor and the System Two architecture.

Overall, our discussion sheds light on IBM’s strategy and advancements in quantum computing, emphasizing the company’s role in pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in this rapidly evolving field.

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Patrick founded the firm based on his real-world world technology experiences with the understanding of what he wasn’t getting from analysts and consultants. Ten years later, Patrick is ranked #1 among technology industry analysts in terms of “power” (ARInsights)  in “press citations” (Apollo Research). Moorhead is a contributor at Forbes and frequently appears on CNBC. He is a broad-based analyst covering a wide variety of topics including the cloud, enterprise SaaS, collaboration, client computing, and semiconductors. He has 30 years of experience including 15 years of executive experience at high tech companies (NCR, AT&T, Compaq, now HP, and AMD) leading strategy, product management, product marketing, and corporate marketing, including three industry board appointments.