The Quantum industry is facing a challenging investment climate which will lead to some near-term pain. Read why here.
This latest post approaches Quantum Computing from a philosophical perspective. It’s an aspect of this field that originally gripped my attention and which underlies much of why quantum mechanics conjures such non-intuitive conclusions.
Ultimately, Quantum Computers will only be as valuable and impactful as the programs written for them, so seeing creativity and outside-the-box approaches to challenges with these early, noisy, faulty machines will be quite revealing. The Classiq Coding Competition should bring out this programming creativity.
So, is quantum winter coming? Not in this writer’s opinion. There is still a long way to go before we have QCs that can add value to computational problems and even further before consistent quantum advantage. The hill is steep and the climb is arduous, but I am confident the view will be worth the climb.
Nearly every day we see headlines about players in the Quantum Computing industry announcing new collaborations and partnerships. On a technical level this seems logical given the unique requirements of the various components such as the physical qubits, cryogenics, lasers, microwaves, controllers, compilers, error correction, various software layers, etc. Collaborations would seem inevitable as the industry attempts to power forward as rapidly as possible.
When I get invited to college graduation parties, I will be whispering “Quantum Computing” into the ears of the recent graduates. It’s also great advice to those seeking a change in their current career and while technical aptitude and experience create the best fit for most of the current QC industry positions, there is a growing number of non-technical jobs in QC as well. There are many great resources available to you as you consider a QC career and I hope you take advantage of them and consider joining this exciting and evolving field.
On March 22, 2022, Sandbox AQ announced its formal launch as a separate company from Alphabet (fka Google). I consider this to be seminal event in the Quantum Computing (QC) industry so wanted to provide additional color to emphasize the magnitude of the announcement.
Quantum Computers will transform the way we use computers by massively accelerating certain computations and, more importantly, by enabling a wholly new form of computing.
Given that some benchmarks favor optimization strategies, some favor simulation, some focus on contrived theoretical tasks and others try to reflect real-world applications, some are great at 2-qubit gates but not at larger entanglements, etc., it unfortunately does not look like a universally accepted standard is going to be agreed upon in the near-future. So instead, what if there were an annual contest like a global QC decathlon?
While Quantum Computing is in the early innings, there are promising developments in Quantum Machine Learning (QML). As the amount of stored data and images continues to explode, along with the increasing adoption of voice recognition tools (i.e., Alexa, Siri, etc.) utilization of QML will be vital to enabling efficient use of these evolving tools. I expect we’ll see many more collaborations and tools in the QML space in the next few years.