Quantum Computing Blog

To keep a record of relevant news for myself in these four categories,
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Too many people ask me about technical and business insights to give them all a decent, in-depth answer: this way I can refer them here for a lot of that, giving them at least a start on the topic (and as a freebie). Posts are automatically distributed to LinkedIn (where they disappear after 30 days) and to a few Twitter channels — for convenience. I do not offer these posts as e-Mail subscriptions. Of course, all sources are clearly marked and mentioned.


D-Wave announces its next-gen quantum computing platform: 5,000 qubits -- 27 Feb 2019- D-Wave, the well-funded quantum computing company, today announced its next-gen quantum computing platform with 5,000 qubits, up from 2,000 in the company’s current system. The new platform will come to market in mid-2020. The company’s new so-called Pegasus topology connects every qubit to 15 other qubits, up from six in… ... Read More
Das sind die häufigsten Deal Breaker mit VCs -- 11 Feb 2019- by Jan Schnedler - 08 FEB 2019 Im schlimmsten Fall kann einer dieser Punkte ausreichen, damit ein Investor sich gegen die Finanzierung eines Startups entscheidet. Werden mehrere dieser Punkte erfüllt, wird es für Startups bei professionellen Investoren sehr schwer, eine Finanzierung zu erhalten. In meiner langjährigen Startup-Beratung haben sich einige… ... Read More
Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) Technology to Secure Financial Data -- 21 Jan 2019- Normal fiber optics can be easily physically tapped and massages can be intercepted. Intruders can bend the cable with a small clamp, then use a specialized piece of hardware to split the beam of light that carries digital ones and zeros through the line. The people communicating have no way… ... Read More
CES 2019: “Q System” – IBM unveils its first commercial quantum computer -- 08 Jan 2019-   At CES, IBM today announced its first commercial quantum computer for use outside of the lab. The 20-qubit system combines into a single package the quantum and classical computing parts it takes to use a machine like this for research and business applications. That package, the IBM Q system,… ... Read More
Mathematicians Seal Back Door to Breaking RSA Encryption -- 18 Dec 2018- Digital security depends on the difficulty of factoring large numbers. A new proof shows why one method for breaking digital encryption won’t work. "... it’s nearly impossible to find polynomials of that length that can be factored" (*) (**) (*) 'nearly'   (**) with today's computers - not tomorrow's QC  … ... Read More
Ion-based Commercial Quantum Computer is a First -- 18 Dec 2018- Linear computation: montage of a photo of the chip containing the trapped ions and an image of the ions in a 1D array (Courtesy: Christopher Monroe)   The first commercial quantum computer that uses trapped ions for quantum bits (qubits) has been launched by the US-based start-up IonQ. The device… ... Read More
Deepening Quantum Entanglement Understanding: Universal Quantum Phenomenon Found in Strange Metals -- 21 Nov 2018- "Quantum phenomenon has been detected in a large class of superconducting materials, fueling a growing belief among physicists that an unknown organizing principle governs the collective behavior of particles and determines how they spread energy and information. Understanding this organizing principle could be a key into “quantum strangeness at its… ... Read More
Quantum Computing, Not AI, Will Define Our Future – It’s The 21st Century Space Race -- 20 Nov 2018- IBM researcher Jerry Chow in the quantum computing lab at IBM’s T.J. Watson Research Center   by William ("Whurley") Hurley The word “quantum” gained currency in the late 20th century as a descriptor signifying something so significant it defied the use of common adjectives. For example, a “quantum leap” is a dramatic… ... Read More
Quantencomputer erobern die Künstliche Intelligenz -- 08 Nov 2018-   Prozessor von D-Wave Systems mit 2000 Qubits (Bild: D-Wave Systems Inc.)   Die Superrechner sollen das Maschinelle Lernen massiv voranbringen. Pionier D-Wave will mit einem ersten Projekt zeigen, was möglich ist. Von Wolfgang Stieler, Robert Thielicke - 07 NOV 2018 Quantencomputer könnten ein großes Hindernis aktueller KI-Algorithmen beheben: Bisher sind… ... Read More
Nuclear Fusion: Billionaires Chase ‘SpaceX Moment’ for the Holy Grail of Energy -- 01 Nov 2018- Paul Allen tours the ITER in Cadarache. Source: ITER   [Amazingly, the article fails to mention the Stellarator Fusion Reactor, fails to differentiate between tokamak -ITER and 9 others- and stellarator concepts, and also the fact that all ten of the global fusion research reactors are located in Europe.]  … ... Read More
Berlin Science Week & Helmholtz Horizons Symposium 1. to 10. NOV 2018 -- 29 Oct 2018- Ab dem 1. November findet für 10 Tage die Berlin Science Week vom 1.11. bis 10.11. statt: "BERLIN SCIENCE WEEK 1-10 NOV 2018 is an international gathering, bringing together people from the world’s most innovative scientific institutions in Berlin. It is dedicated to the dialogue between science and society to… ... Read More
3 Benefits of Hiring an ‘Entrepreneur-in-Residence’ -- 22 Oct 2018- (I was asked how an "Entrepreneur-in-Residence" is defined - and struggling to find a good catch-all explanation, I looked it up)   Entrepreneur.com: 3 Benefits of Hiring an 'Entrepreneur-in-Residence' For most companies, having a CEO who's forced to constantly divide his or her attention is a surefire way to kill… ... Read More
NISQ: Why You Want To Start Worrying About Quantum Security Now -- 19 Oct 2018- This Feb. 27, 2018, photo shows a seven cubit quantum device is seen at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, N.Y. Describing the inner workings of a quantum computer isn’t easy, even for top scholars. That’s because the machines process information at the scale of elementary… ... Read More
Noisy Intermediate Scale Quantum (NISQ) Technology -- 17 Oct 2018- In a keynote speech given in late 2017, the physicist John Preskill coined the term Noisy Intermediate Scale Quantum (NISQ) technology for the kinds of quantum computers that will be available in the next few years. Here, ‘noisy’ refers to the fact that the devices will be disturbed by what… ... Read More
D-Wave Annealing Quantum Computers Tackle Big Data With A ML Quantum Boltzmann Machine (Artificial Neural Network) -- 16 Oct 2018- Every two seconds, sensors measuring the United States' electrical grid collect 3 petabytes of data – the equivalent of 3 million gigabytes. Data analysis on that scale is a challenge when crucial information is stored in an inaccessible database. But researchers at Purdue University are working on a solution, combining… ... Read More
Free D-Wave Quantum Computer Access: D-Wave Launches Leap, the First Real-Time Quantum Application Environment -- 10 Oct 2018- Application developers and researchers get immediate, free access to a D-Wave 2000Q™quantum computer, comprehensive software tools, demos, live code, documentation, and community forums.   BURNABY, BC – (October 4, 2018) — D-Wave Systems Inc., the leader in quantum computing systems and software, today announced the immediate availability of free, real-time access… ... Read More
‘The best piece of legislation’ in DC is about Quantum Computing -- 24 Jul 2018- Congressman Will Hurd warned that Russia and China are sucking up encrypted communications in the hopes of retroactively reading them after they achieve encryption-breaking quantum computing capabilities. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)   A Texas congressman warned of the growing threat quantum computing presents if competitors such as Russia or China… ... Read More
“SDI” #2? Quantum Entanglement: Sorting Hype from Reality in China’s Quantum-Tech Quest -- 19 Jul 2018- Could the “spooky action” of quantum technologies enable China to develop disruptive military capabilities – and perhaps achieve a strategic advantage? In its quest to offset U.S. techno-strategic advantages, China aspires to emerge as a “science and technology superpower” (科技强国) and leap ahead in quantum science through a new national megaproject. From… ... Read More
China breaks quantum entanglement record at 18 qubits -- 05 Jul 2018- Physicists in China just broke a new record by achieving quantum entanglement with 18 qubits, surpassing the previous record of 10. This significant breakthrough puts us one big step closer to realizing large-scale quantum computing. It’s hard to find a stranger, more exotic phenomenon than quantum entanglement — the idea… ... Read More
US Quantum Computing is “sub-par” Says NSA Deputy Director George Barnes -- 03 Jul 2018- This post is also available in: עברית (Hebrew) Experts say that when quantum computers are fully operational, they will upend the use of password-protected systems, artificial intelligence and other areas of information technology. “Whoever achieves quantum first, everything they are doing and have been doing is irrelevant,” Rep. Will Hurd,… ... Read More
“Five Eyes” Nations aim to win the race for quantum computing supremacy -- 22 Jun 2018- Since China started quantum computing research in 2004, it has invested over 30 times more than America in this revolutionary technology. In 2017 China announced that it was creating an $11 billion, 4 million-square-foot national quantum laboratory in the city of Hefei. This lab will accelerate China’s research into various… ... Read More
China Shatters “Spooky Action at a Distance” Record, Preps for Quantum Internet -- 06 Jun 2018- Results from the Micius satellite test quantum entanglement, pointing the way toward hack-proof global communications — and a new space race In a landmark study, a team of Chinese scientists using an experimental satellite has tested quantum entanglement over unprecedented distances, beaming entangled pairs of photons to three ground stations… ... Read More
A Startup (Rigetti Computing) Uses Quantum Computing to Boost Machine Learning -- 03 Jun 2018- If it fulfills its promise, quantum machine learning could transform AI. A company in California just proved that an exotic and potentially game-changing kind of computer can be used to perform a common form of machine learning. The feat raises hopes that quantum computers, which exploit the logic-defying principles of… ... Read More
Fujitsu’s CMOS Digital Annealer Produces Quantum Computer Speeds -- 03 Jun 2018- While quantum computer makers struggle to bring down costs, the Japanese computer giant has created a dedicated silicon chip to match quantum computer performance. Fujitsu has designed a new computer architecture running on silicon that the company claims rivals that of quantum computers in utility. Dubbed the Digital Annealer, Fujitsu… ... Read More
Cloud-based quantum computer takes on deuteron and wins -- 03 Jun 2018- Optimized algorithms plus cloud-based quantum computers actually work. First it was the electron behavior in a hydrogen molecule, then beryllium dihydride joined the club. Now, quantum computers have been used to calculate some of the properties of an atomic nucleus: the deuterium nucleus to be precise. What we are witnessing are… ... Read More



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