Quantum Researchers Eye AI Advances

Researchers wringing out new quantum computing architectures are increasingly looking at the nascent processing technology as a way to advance machine-learning algorithms for new AI applications. As quantum computing efforts scale up at corporate, university and government laboratories, the promising yet largely unproven technology could help unlock facets of artificial intelligence, leading to more powerful cognitive computing technologies like IBM’s (NYSE: IBM) Watson platform. Applications range from developing new materials to faster searches of big data, researchers said. Among the early leaders along with IBM is D-Wave Systems Inc., which recently doubled the capacity of its D-Wave Two system to 1,098 quantum bits, or qubits. The D-Wave 2X processor installed at the USC-Lockheed Martin Quantum Computing Center at the University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering is being used…


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