Google’s Quantum Leap: D-Wave, NASA Deal Paves Way For Faster Search, AI, Space Exploration

SAN FRANCISCO — Google has entered into a seven-year agreement that will ensure it gets first access to the latest versions of quantum computers, a technology still in its early days that promises to tap into the power of atoms and molecules to complete tasks faster and solve more complex problems than what’s possible on the machines most companies have today. The deal provides that Google, along with partners NASA and the Universities Space Research Association (USRA), will receive the latest quantum computer systems as they become available from D-Wave, a Canadian company that specializes in next-generation technology. The deal kicks off with the recent installation of the D-Wave 2X system at the Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab, the collaborative effort among Google, NASA and the USRA. The three organizations first began using D-Wave’s systems in 2013, and based…


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