Connecting the dots of quantum computing

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Layout of IBM’s four superconducting quantum bit device announced in 2015. Using a square lattice, IBM is able to detect both types of quantum errors for the first time. (Credit: IBM Research)

By Sachin Garg, associate director, electronics and semiconductors practice, MarketsandMarkets Research

Binary computers helped us to get connected with an entirely new realm of opportunities and possibilities. It took a lot of effort and time to build a computer which can execute multiple tasks and handle massive calculations at the same time.

But despite many innovations and developments, the computing systems currently available are not fast enough in handling complex problems and calculations.

To address this problem, various tech companies and organisations have been developing computing systems which can use quantum concepts to execute complex tasks and solve any problems.  Continue reading Connecting the dots of quantum computing

Atos launches quantum computer emulator and associated programming language

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Thierry Breton, CEO of Atos, alongside the company’s new Quantum Learning Machine, a quantum computer simulator built using Intel chips.

By Abdul Montaqim

A company called Atos has built and released what it claims is the world’s first commercially available quantum computer emulator.

In terms of hardware, it uses Intel chips and what might be considered classical computing technology.

But it’s programmed to simulate a quantum computer. Atos has named it the Quantum Learning Machine, and has even invented a new language for programming it.  Continue reading Atos launches quantum computer emulator and associated programming language

Volkswagen buys D-Wave quantum computers which sell for $15 million each

D-Wave’s quantum computing system

Volkswagen has become a customer of D-Wave Systems, which builds quantum computers that cost $15 million each. 

Martin Hofmann, VW’s chief information officer, told New York Times that the investment in quantum computing technology is a sign of things to come. “For us, it’s a new era of technology,” he said.

VW is claimed to have used a D-Wave computer to steer the movements of 10,000 taxis in Beijing simultaneously, optimising their routes and reducing congestion, according to the report in NYT.  Continue reading Volkswagen buys D-Wave quantum computers which sell for $15 million each

Physicists say they’ve manipulated ‘pure nothingness’ and observed the fallout

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An important step towards a completely new experimental access to quantum physics has been made at University of Konstanz. The team of scientists headed by Professor Alfred Leitenstorfer has now shown how to manipulate the electric vacuum field and thus generate deviations from the ground state of empty space which can only be understood in the context of the quantum theory of light.

With these results, the researchers from the field of ultrafast phenomena and photonics build on their earlier findings, published in October 2015 in the scientific journal Science, where they have demonstrated direct detection of signals from pure nothingness.

This essential scientific progress might make it possible to solve problems that physicists have grappled with for a long time, ranging from a deeper understanding of the quantum nature of radiation to research on attractive material properties such as high-temperature superconductivity. Continue reading Physicists say they’ve manipulated ‘pure nothingness’ and observed the fallout

Books: Artificial intelligence – a feast for the brain

Elsevier has released four new books on the subject of Artificial Intelligence. Below, the publisher provides an overview of each of the books  Continue reading Books: Artificial intelligence – a feast for the brain

Quantum Plastics invests $2m in new robot and manufacturing system

HAITIAN Mars II Injection Molding Machine (PRNewsFoto/Quantum Plastics)
HAITIAN Mars II Injection Molding Machine (PRNewsFoto/Quantum Plastics)

New presses and robot systems are replacing ageing machines at the Quantum Plastics, River Bend Industries Division in Victor, Iowa, US.

Quantum Plastics recently added two new Absolute Haitian injection molding machines and two new Yushin automation robots to its manufacturing floor.

The new equipment aligns with Quantum Plastics’ environmental initiative and uses the latest technology to manufacture detailed parts. The new 1100 and 2000 ton presses are Haitian Mars Servo-Hydraulic Energy Saving Toggle Clamp machines.  Continue reading Quantum Plastics invests $2m in new robot and manufacturing system