Enter Quantum editor Berenice Baker recounted articles that exemplify some key quantum computing themes that have emerged over the past 12 months at Quantum Summit Austin.
Enter the giants
Baker said that this year saw some of the biggest names in tech throw their weight behind quantum.
Alphabet spun out Sandbox AQ, IBM pledged to invest $20 billion, and Fujitsu has sought to bring machines to Japan by next April.
These commitments have been enabled through new levels of government support and investment supporting early projects.
The U.K. pledged an R&D budget of $48 billion over the next three years, including a significant investment in quantum, while President Biden’s CHIPS Act available included funds to help expedite the lab-to-market process for quantum projects.
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Hardware, hardware, hardware
Quantum computers have been making it out of the lab or vendors’ premises and into onsite computer centers in the course of 2022.
Not surprisingly government organizations got there first. The British Ministry of Defense has bought a room-temperature quantum computer from Orca Computing. It plans to use it for complex machine learning and optimization tasks, including image analysis, handwriting recognition and decision-making.
“Not to be outdone, the US Air Force Research Laboratory is building its own,” said Baker. “It’s working with PsiQuantum to develop quantum photonics chips together to make a utility-scale quantum computer.”
Outside of the military, IBM is installing a System One quantum computer at the academic medical center the Cleveland Clinic. This is the first private sector, onsite, IBM-managed quantum computer in the U.S. and the first quantum computer dedicated to health care.
Now for use cases
Nvidia has thrown its hat into the quantum ring with a toolkit designed for drug discovery. Similarly, Quantinuum has developed tools for chemists. Baker said that quantum computing has even opened up an entirely new field of quantum network medicine.
BMW’s sensor placement problem caused a splash but may not immediately affect car design. However, Hyundai is looking to quantum to solve complex self-driving car problems.
“The environment and sustainability are significant targets for quantum projects, and the UN is looking to forecast extreme weather,” said Baker. “And weather is just one of the complex, interconnected factors QCI will take into account with its drone flight path program.”
Baker finished by saying: “We don’t know exactly what’s coming for quantum computing in 2023, but based on what’s happened this year we have, possibly, a clearer idea than ever before. One thing is for certain, it’s going to be an exciting ride.”
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