Google and NASA are exploring quantum computing with the D-Wave 2X

Quantum computing again? Haven’t we been hearing about this for years? The idea of trading bits for qubits – which can be a one, zero or both simultaneously – isn’t new. But for the first time, someone’s making the concept work on real-world computing problems. Google and NASA have been studying how quantum systems can advance artificial intelligence and machine learning, and solve difficult optimisation problems, using hardware from quantum firm D-Wave. It’s the latter challenge, called quantum annealing, that’s generating fresh excitement. The researchers are using the D-Wave 2X to solve the problem, which could help bring quantum computing into the mainstream. So Google didn’t make the hardware? “The 2X is ten feet tall and must be kept at a chilling -273 degrees C.” No, NASA and Google simply…


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