Yesterday we reported how Google for Work is Google Enterprise’s new name and now we’re reporting that Google is developing a quantum computing chip. If you don’t know what a quantum computing chip is, it’s alright, that’s why we’re here. Quantum computing does not work with binary elements, the way a traditional digital computer; it doesn’t have transistors and it bases all of its operative process on processes such as entanglement and superposition.
Google has just announced that it is teaming up with folks from the University of California, Santa Barbara to make chips and processors for quantum computers.
Hartmut Neven, director of engineering at the Google Research Group, announced that the researchers at the abovementioned university will be a great partner for Google’s Quantum Artificial Intelligence unit:
With an integrated hardware group the Quantum AI team will now be able to implement and test new designs for quantum optimization and inference processors based on recent theoretical insights as well as our learnings from the D-Wave quantum annealing architecture.
Google is Developing a Quantum Computing Chip
Right now, quantum hardware is very unreliable and we, as a world, have a long way ahead of us until we can make great use of quantum computers, but it seems that Google and the researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara are making steps into the right direction.
Austin Fowler, a staff scientist at the physics department at the University of California revealed that:
Even the best state-of-the-art hardware is unreliable. Our paper shows that for the first time reliability has been reached.
Google isn’t the first company to do research into quantum computing; IBM recently announced that it plans on investing $3 billion on a series of quantum computing projects.
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