Quantum Computing

If you did’nt know, D-Wave have made the world’s first commercially available quantum computer. Now, the D-Wave Two, has a 512-qubit (quantum bits) processor. That’s 512 of 0 or 1 or 0 and 1 (superposition) pieces of information and runs at close to absolute zero. The qubits can only contain their state for upto a second.

It’s obvious that quantum computing will bring about major changes in society, but the question is when difficult problems requiring optimisation will be solved and how those results will be put to use.

Imagine what could be achieved with these quantum computers collaborating together with 2x, 4x, 8x the current number of qubits on the chip.

Further research:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fArXhQBLDWE Eric Ladizinsky (D-Wave Chief Scientist and co-founder) Fascinating talk about how the firm got started
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MyUbWl8jPQUG Geordie Rose (CTO of D-Wave)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56qR0iX5A4o Geordie Rose (CTO of D-Wave) [Google Tech Talk]
http://www.dwavesys.com/en/dev-tutorial-software.html Overview of the software stack
http://www.dwavesys.com/en/videos.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SQUID
http://googleresearch.blogspot.ch/2009/12/machine-learning-with-quantum.html

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