Google plans ‘watershed’ quantum computing announcement in December

A “watershed announcement” from Google regarding quantum computers is expected to be made on 8 December, according to a board member of the quantum computing firm D-Wave. Steve Jurvetson gave no other details about what Google is planning, though his comments were related to an image projecting the predicted exponential progress of quantum computing over the next few years. Since they were first theorised by the physicist Richard Feynman in 1982, quantum computers have promised to bring about a new era of ultra-powerful computing. Google has been among the companies pioneering their development, using systems built by the Canadian firm D-Wave to explore the technology’s potential for advancing artificial intelligence and machine learning. “Stay tuned for what may be a watershed announcement from Google on Dec 8,” Jurvetson wrote in…


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