The huge search engine company Google and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) joined hands recently with D-Wave Systems to use its D-Wave 2X quantum supercomputers as artificial brains.
Google and NASA are collaborating with D-Wave Systems on a D-Wave 2X, which happens to be the most energy-efficient quantum computer on earth. It offers twice the qubits of an ordinary run-of-the-mill quantum computer.
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The special computer operates at approximately 15 millikelvin. This computer is basically an extension of the previous model and it will carry out computation in Google’s laboratory. Among some of its duties will be the optimization of data and machine learning.
“Working with the D-Wave processors has helped us develop and fine-tune models of quantum annealing”, said Hartmut Neven, Director of Engineering for Google and Head of the Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab. “We look forward to the continued advancements coming from each generation of D-Wave systems”.
Quantum computers are the cunning tricksters of the AI world. Quantum mechanics and haphazardness as a mode of delivery are two of their specialties. Quantum computing is faster than ordinary computing.
At present we are unclear as to how much speedier the quantum computers are. Classical computers bear a resemblance to their more evolved cousins. There are even those who claim that the difference is one of degree and not kind. Google and NASA have however taken the plunge. The belief in progress and pursuit of betterment informs their decision.
Solutions to many problems already exist in bud form within the mechanical circuitry of quantum computers. The means by which quantum computers solve riddles and puzzles is purely a matter of complexity and chaos. It is a convoluted field where lots of random and anything-goes activity takes place.
“The new (7 year) agreement (between Google, NASA and D-Wave Systems) is the largest order in D-Wave’s history, and indicative of the importance of quantum computing in its evolution toward solving problems that are hard for even the largest supercomputers”, said D-Wave CEO Vern Brownell in a statement.
Among some things that come under the rubric of the use value of this computer are: language recognition, robotics for outer space trips, controlling of airlines and finally, Internet search optimization. The D-Wave computers are going to act like ersatz brains. Humanity is getting closer and closer to its source.
This is the next big thing in AI. The fitting of the various components of this supercomputer was a task in itself. An ordinary computer is based on binary notation. This consists of 0 and 1 as its basic units. But quantum computers can work on multiple levels.
Thus they have the capacity to go further than ordinary computers. And although the cynics will always consider the D-Wave computers to be a big fraud, there is some sort of magic in the new technology.
It is just that the experts haven’t got it completely figured out just yet. Everything about the quantum computer will be put to the test soon when it gets built. As the last nuts and bolts of the quantum machine will be put in place, the greatest journey will begin for certain.
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“Through research at NASA Ames, we hope to demonstrate that quantum computing and quantum algorithms may someday dramatically improve our ability to solve difficult optimization problems for missions in aeronautics, Earth and space sciences, and space exploration,” said Eugene Tu, Center Director at NASA’s Ames Research Center, in a statement.