Google, NASA join forces to build quantum computing laboratory

By Shawn Knight · 20 replies
May 16, 2013
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  1. Google and NASA are teaming up to construct a laboratory built around a 512 qubit quantum computer from D-Wave. The endeavor, known as the Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab, will be used primarily for machine learning – a process that computers...

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  2. cmbjive

    cmbjive TS Booster Posts: 777   +138

    "Google director of engineering Hartmut Neven said if they want to create effective environmental policies, they need better models of what is happening to the climate."

    I don't know. Wouldn't discovering a more effective way to supply food across the globe so that many people don't starve to death be a more laudible goal?
  3. insect

    insect TS Evangelist Posts: 349   +132

    If you want to grow food, you need to know your climate. Really hard growing tomatoes in the deserts (which are expanding and will continue to do so for a number of reasons (including the want for more food by overgrazing)).
  4. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,485   +45

    NASA should help! I need to get off this planet asap...
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  5. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TS Evangelist Posts: 855   +121

    NASA is probably wanting computers to analyze telescope photos, since quantum computers are great at visual recognition.
  6. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,485   +45

    The sooner they can find another habitable planet in those photo's I'm packing my bags. Hopefully the natives are friendly.
  7. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    Why Google? They are new to the artificial intelligence business. Bring IBM into this.
  8. Holyscrap

    Holyscrap TS Enthusiast Posts: 43   +18

    An AI with access to the Google database (pretty much the entire internet)....that ended well in the Terminator universe.
  9. cmbjive

    cmbjive TS Booster Posts: 777   +138

    I believe thousands of years farming has given farmers the knowledge to know when to grow food, where to grow food, how to grow food and what food to grow. This seems a waste. Using the quantum computer to compute a more efficient and effective supply chain to deliver food to starving countries would make better sense.

    And deserts expanding? Where are deserts expanding? This would be news to me, seeing as how I live in a desert.
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  10. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    I guess if you live in Las Vegas then you can always say you live in the desert but I'm with you about the efficient food chain. An earlier article stated that some clown paid $600,000 to drink coffee with someone. Man, how can anyone waste money like that, aware of the starving millions on the planet and still sleep at night. It's beyond me.
  11. NTAPRO

    NTAPRO TS Evangelist Posts: 809   +102

    No dee dee's allowed?
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  12. BlueDrake

    BlueDrake TS Evangelist Posts: 378   +112

    No. You are not allowed in my seeecret laboratory! :p
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  13. General Sam

    General Sam TS Enthusiast Posts: 62   +13

    Will it run Crysis though??
  14. ^ It would run crysis, and at the same time it won't. So, we are still far from the goal.

    As I guessed, politicians needs quantum computer to understand climate change is something very bad.
  15. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Evangelist Posts: 1,265   +436

  16. Chazz

    Chazz TS Evangelist Posts: 679   +75

    This is a research facility. Google can do tons of research, related to software. I'm not sure Google is trying to invent quantum computing. They are using a D-Wave computer and my guess is they want to know what challenges and benefits they can gain by programming software for quantum computing. Companies do this type of research when technology is in it's infancy as to not be left behind. I'm sure other companies will join in too, it's just Google gets all sorts of PR cool points with stuff like this.
  17. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    True, good points.
  18. 2013: A Quantum Odyssey
  19. gibbstar

    gibbstar TS Enthusiast Posts: 34   +6

    most of the 'starving countries' around the world are in bad situations because of self-induced political turmoil, civil war, and just all-around bad planning. maybe this new AI will help them learn how to remove their heads from their asses.
    Also, about the guy spending that on the coffee... a little extravagant, sure, but wasn't it his money? I sure as hell don't want anybody telling me how to spend my hard-earned money, no matter how wasteful they think it is. if you [people in general] see a problem, you're free to spend your own money on it and move along.
  20. Skynet, anyone?.......................................
  21. 512 Qubits? As I understand it a qubit or quantum bit is similar to a standard bit in that both are represented by a 0 or 1. The difference is that a qubit can be in both states at the same time. If this is true, what is the 512? Is it a 512 bit machine as opposed to a 32/64 bit processor? Hmmm,
    thinking about it makes sense given the virtual addressable space it can access.

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