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IBM partners with U.K. on $300M quantum computing research initiative


The U.K. government and IBM this week announced a five-year £210 million ($297.5 million) artificial intelligence (AI) and quantum computing collaboration, in the hopes of making new discoveries and developing sustainable technologies in fields ranging from life sciences to manufacturing. The program will hire 60 scientists, as well as bringing in interns and students to work under the auspices of IBM Research and the U.K.'s Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) at the Hartree Centre in Daresbury, Cheshire. The newly formed Hartree National Centre for Digital Innovation (HNCDI) will "apply AI, high performance computing (HPC) and data analytics, quantum computing, and cloud technologies" to advance research in areas like materials development and environmental sustainability, IBM said in a statement. "Artificial intelligence and quantum computing have the potential to revolutionize everything from the way we travel to the way we shop. They are exactly the kind of fields I want the U.K. to be leading in," U.K. Science Minister Amanda Solloway said.

IBM working with Quebec gov't to deploy quantum system in Canada


IBM announced on Thursday that it is planning to open the first IBM Quantum System in Canada as part of a larger partnership with the Quebec government. IBM will be working with the government on a variety of initiatives that include quantum computing, AI, cloud, and research projects. The Quebec-IBM Discovery Accelerator will help researchers with the government and the Universite de Sherbrooke work on projects in areas like semiconductors, energy, sustainability and life sciences. François Legault, Premier of Quebec, said acquiring an IBM quantum computer will pave the way for them "to make incredible progress in areas such as artificial intelligence and modeling." "Quebec's potential to innovate in high technology and be a leader in the economy of the future is immense. We have world-class universities, creative entrepreneurs, and talented workers," Legault said.

New £210 million centre to create jobs of the future with AI and quantum computing


The Hartree National Centre for Digital Innovation (HNCDI), based at the Science and Technology Facilities Council's (STFC) Daresbury Laboratory in the Liverpool City Region, will create vacancies for an additional 60 scientists and opportunities for students to gain invaluable hands-on experience. The centre – a partnership between STFC and IBM – will bring together world-leading expertise in artificial intelligence (AI) and quantum computing to support the application of the cutting-edge technologies in industry and the public sector. Possible industry applications of quantum computing include optimising complex logistics such as picking and packing orders in large warehouses for supermarkets; traffic routing; energy distribution; improving design and manufacturing processes across automotive sectors. The government will invest £172 million over 5 years through UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), with an additional £38 million being invested by IBM. Artificial intelligence and quantum computing have the potential to revolutionise everything from the way we travel to the way we shop.

In Partnership with IBM, Canada to Get Its First Universal Quantum Computer


IBM today announced it will deploy its first quantum computer in Canada, putting Canada on a short list of countries that will have access to an IBM Quantum System One machine. The Canadian province of Quebec is partnering with IBM to establish the Quebec-IBM Discovery Accelerator to advance R&D within the fields of quantum computing, artificial intelligence, semiconductors and high-performance computing. The collaboration will lay the foundation for novel energy materials and life science discoveries, according to the partners. The new technology hub is also focused on STEM education and skills development with an emphasis on supporting genomics and drug discovery. The IBM Quantum System One is expected to be up and running at IBM's facility in Bromont, Quebec, by early next year, said Anthony Annunziata, IBM's director of accelerated discovery, in an interview with Reuters.

5 Technology Trends That Will Transform Industries


Voice-enabled devices and AI were the innovations that everyone embraced over the past two years. In 2019, we see a broader landscape of changes come to the forefront. Some of these advancements are right around the corner, and others will take longer to develop into commercial products. However, each of these advancements provides insight into how our professional and personal lives will change. It's been years since we've had a new shape or material in the smartphone space, but that changed in the past two months.