In a pre-print research paper titled "QNLP in Practice: Running Compositional Models of Meaning on a Quantum Computer" and posted on arXiv, Cambridge Quantum Computing (QLP) they were able to show how they can create representations for sentences that have a natural mapping to quantum circuits. The paper describes two datasets consisting of 130 and 105 sentences that were converted to representations in quantum circuits. The experiments were performed on a 5 qubit IBM NISQ quantum computer, so the algorithms could also be simulated on a classical computer. But as the complexity and scope of the data sets get scaled up, the [...]
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Q-CTRL To Develop Quantum Sensing and Navigation Technology With Australian SEVEN SISTERS Consortium for Space Explorationdougfinke12021-03-03T17:10:59-08:00
Q-CTRL will develop these technologies in coordination with Fleet Space Technologies, a nanosatellite startup and founder of the SEVEN SISTERS consortium. Q-CTRL posseses expertise in quantum control engineering and they will work to leverage this to help create small form factor sensors with enhanced robustness and autonomy to be used in uncrewed space applications. Some key potential applications include ultra-sensitve quantum-based gravity and magnetic field sensors to detect liquid water and mineral deposits. Also, very sensitive and accurate sensors can be extremely valuable in precision navigation and timing (PNT) applications to provide navigational guidance for long-endurance missions with limited telemetry contact. Q-CTRL [...]
Israeli Government Taking Bids for a 160 Million Shekel ($60M USD) Quantum Computer Development Projectdougfinke12021-03-03T16:51:21-08:00
The Israeli Ministry of Defense and Innovation Authority has sent a tender for development of a 30-40 qubit quantum computer to both commercial and academic organizations. The proposed budget would be 160 Million Shekels ($60M USD) with an expected project start before the end of 2021. Additional details are reported on the Bloomberg Quint website here. March 3, 2021
The capabilities of quantum computers are growing very fast and we expect to see announcements in the near future that a few real world applications have achieved quantum advantage, when an application can be processed faster or better or cheaper on a quantum computer than it could be done on a fast classical computer. Some believe that when the technology reaches this state for a few initial examples, the technology will have reached an inflection point and there will be an avalanche of additional applications that will turn to quantum computing and result in a “Surging Growth” adoption rate as shown [...]
We reported last year that IBM had established a Quantum Education and Research Initiative for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) with 13 initial members in the IBM-HBCU Quantum Center. Now they have announced 10 new members bringing the total to 23. The new members include Alabama State University, Bowie State University, Delaware State University, Dillard University, Florida A&M University, Norfolk State University, North Carolina Central University, Tennessee State University and University of the District of Columbia. IBM’s intentions are to collaborate with these universities to broaden STEM-base opportunities for these traditionally underrepresented communities as well as advance quantum information science. [...]
D-Wave has been gradually extending access of their Leap Cloud Service to a growing list of countries, now reaching 38 including Singapore, since it was first introduced in October 2018. Users who sign up can obtain an initial one free minute of quantum processing time or up to 20 minutes of free access to D-Wave's hybrid solver services. Developers who upgrade and associate their GitHub accounts can receive this free time monthly. For enterprises and research institutions and others who may need more time, D-Wave can offer a custom plan. The Leap Cloud Service includes access to D-Wave latest Advantage machine [...]
By Dr. Chris Mansell Shown below are summaries of a few interesting research papers related to quantum computing that have been published over the past month. Title: Quantum machine learning models are kernel methodsOrganization: Xanadu Kernel methods were very popular in classical machine learning before the advent of deep neural networks. Insightful researchers, including the author of the present paper, Maria Schuld, had previously noted a connection between kernels and the mathematical structure of quantum mechanics. In this paper, she clarifies and formalises the connection, before using it to arrive at some important results for the field. You can view the published [...]
Cambridge Quantum Computing (CQC) Partners with Crown Bioscience and JSR Life Sciences for Drug Discoverydougfinke12021-02-24T11:03:07-08:00
The partnership will research the use of quantum technology to drive the identification of multi-gene biomarker discovery for oncology drug discovery. Crown Bioscience (CrownBio) is a subsidiary of JSR Life Sciences and possesses extensive data bases and domain expertise while CQC has extensive experience in quantum computing, quantum algorithms, quantum machine learning. CQC's quantum programming suites include t|ket>, an architecture agnostic quantum software stack and EUMEN, a software package designed to facilitate computational chemistry calculations. Crown Bioscience’s parent corporation, JSR Corporation, is an investor in CQC. The companies will analyze genetic data to identify cancer treatment biomarkers and drive the next [...]
Bloomberg has published an article indicated that IonQ is in talks to merge with a Special Purpose Acquisition Corporation (SPAC) corporation called DMY Technology Group Inc. III. A SPAC is sometimes known as a "blank check company" is a company formed with no commercial operations or physical assets with a goal to acquire other companies. These companies will go public based and then acquire private companies to form their operations. For the investors and employees of the private companies, this can have an advantage since the shares they own will be able to be publicly traded without the private company going [...]
Something that doesn't get as much attention in the quantum world as it should is the significant amount of work in Japan to develop quantum and quantum-inspired systems to solve various types of combinatorial optimizing problems. These problems have a tremendous number of potential real world use cases and could provide a very valuable advantage over classical computers with a specialized machine that has a high number of qubits (or spins) with high quality and high connectivity. Part of the reason Japanese researchers have been so active in this area is because the original concept was proposed in 1998 by Tadashi [...]