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IonQ CEO Peter Chapman on quantum computing adoption, innovation and what's next

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IonQ has a plan to commercialize quantum computing and Peter Chapman is CEO expected to make it happen. Chapman, son of a NASA astronaut, started working in the MIT AI Lab when he was 16, invented the first sound card for the IBM PC, wrote software for the FAA and led a Ray Kurzweil company to build tools for the blind. Simply put, Chapman has been ahead of the technology curve. Chapman joined IonQ in the summer of 2018 because he is betting that quantum computing can achieve Artificial General Intelligence (AGI). IonQ recently made news for its roadmap and proposing a new performance metric called Algorithmic Qubit.


How I Learn Quantum Computing

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I love quantum mechanics, something is fascinating about the perception of how QM explains the world. How different it is than the reality we can see and live in. Everything we call real is made of things that cannot be regarded as real. This quotation was a revelation to me when I was a student. Looking at the matter isn't the good way because all of the elements are just waves.



Quantum computers will create better versions of Alexa and Siri

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Alexa can tell you the weather, turn on your lights and even tell you a joke. But if you really want to have a meaningful conversation with a computer, it is probably going to have to be a quantum computer. Cambridge Quantum Computing (CQC), the 2014-founded startup, says it has built "meaning-aware" natural language processing on a quantum computer. The system understands both grammatical structure and the meaning of words, in a way that classical computers cannot. "This is quantum native, it cannot be done with a classical computer with a reasonable amount for resources."


IonQ's roadmap: Quantum machine learning by 2023, broad quantum advantage by 2025

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BEGIN ARTICLE PREVIEW: IonQ today laid out its five-year roadmap for trapped ion quantum computers. The company plans to deploy rack-mounted modular quantum computers small enough to be networked together in a datacenter by 2023. And it expects to achieve broad quantum advantage by 2025. In October, IonQ announced a new 32-qubit quantum computer available in private beta and promised two next-gen computers were in the works. When we asked for a roadmap, the company promised to deliver one “in the next six weeks or so.” And here we are. Quantum computing leverages qubits (unlike bits that can only be in a state of 0 or 1, qubits can also be in a superposition of the two) to perform computations that would be much more difficult, or simply not feasible, for a classical computer. The computational power of a quantum computer can be limited by factors like qubit lifetime, coherence time, gate fidelity, number of qubits, and so on. As a result of all these factors and


AI And Quantum Computing Success Requires Well Managed Synergy

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At the 2020 virtual Web Summit I had occasion to meet virtually with Francois Candelon, Global Director at the BCG Henderson Institute about a recent study they did with the MIT Sloan Management Review on the value that companies are getting from their artificial intelligence (AI) initiatives. I also spoke with Alan Baratz, President and CEO of D-Wave, about the practical uses of quantum computers. They had an interesting lesson to teach on how data should be handled and the best way to make AI and advanced processing technologies work best. The lesson in short, is that these technologies work best when they are used to augment humans, changing the way they work. The BCG Henderson Institute and MIT Sloan Management Review study was conducted with more than 3,000 executives worldwide and revealed that more than half of respondents are deploying AI and six out of ten have an AI strategy in 2020, up from four out of ten in 2018.


Data Science Papers for Spring 2020

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Pain Points, Needs, and Design Opportunities This paper is a study done on the usage of notebooks for data science. It cover a bunch of the negative impacts of using notebooks for data science. Deployment, setup, collaboration, and reliablity are a few of the examples. Quantifying the Carbon Emissions of Machine Learning Training a neural network can take a lot of computer processing power. This processing power comes at a cost to the environment.


Quantum computing: A cheat sheet

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Quantum computing--considered to be the next generation of high-performance computing--is a rapidly-changing field that receives equal parts attention in academia and in enterprise research labs. Honeywell, IBM, and Intel are independently developing their own implementations of quantum systems, as are startups such as D-Wave Systems. In late 2018, President Donald Trump signed the National Quantum Initiative Act that provides $1.2 billion for quantum research and development. TechRepublic's cheat sheet for quantum computing is positioned both as an easily digestible introduction to a new paradigm of computing, as well as a living guide that will be updated periodically to keep IT leaders informed on advances in the science and commercialization of quantum computing. SEE: The CIO's guide to quantum computing (ZDNet/TechRepublic special feature) Download the free PDF version (TechRepublic) SEE: All of TechRepublic's cheat sheets and smart person's guides Quantum computing is an emerging technology that attempts to overcome limitations inherent to traditional, transistor-based computers. Transistor-based computers rely on the encoding of data in binary bits--either 0 or 1. Quantum computers utilize qubits, which have different operational properties.


To do in 2021: Get up to speed with quantum computing 101

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If "figure out quantum computing" is still in your future file, it's time to update your timeline. The industry is nearing the end of the early adopter phase, according to one expert, and the time is now to get up to speed. Denise Ruffner, the vice president of business development at IonQ, said that quantum computing is evolving much faster than many people realize. "When I started five years ago, everyone said quantum computing was five to 10 years away and every year after that I've heard the same thing," she said. "But four million quantum volume was not on the radar then and you can't say it's still 10 years away any more."


Biden Presidency Expected To Keep AI and Quantum R&D A Priority

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As reported by the Wall Street Journal, analysts and members of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) expect that the presidency of Joe Biden will continue to make research and development for AI and quantum computing technologies a priority, although aspects of Biden's approach to regulation and spending are expected to differ. While federal investments in R&D for the Information Technology sector have fallen over the course of the last few decades, in February the White House announced a plan to increasing spending on AI and quantum technologies, and the Biden presidency is expected to continue the commitment. At the moment, total federal research and development funding sits at around $134.1 billion, while the Trump administration had proposed an increase to $142.4 billion for total federal R&D funding. In February the Trump administration announced a plan to increase annual spending on AI by more than $2 billion dollars over the course of the next two years. This was to be accompanied by an increase in funding for quantum information science to the tune of $860 million dollars over the same period.