Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Quantum AI Computer Coming to NASA & Google

Why Are Google & NASA Getting a Quantum Computer?

Date: 16 May 2013 Time: 05:15 PM ET

A quantum computer chip can process information several orders of magnitude faster than an ordinary silicon computer chip.
CREDIT: Erick Lucero

Think your computer is pretty fast? Think again.

Compared with the newest quantum computer from D-Wave Systems of Burnaby, British Columbia, even the world's most powerful supercomputers are ploddingly slow, The New York Times reports.

The ability of quantum computing to solve problems thousands of times faster than traditional computers is attracting attention from some of the world's largest and most powerful institutions.

Search engine giant Google announced today (May 16) it was teaming with NASA Ames Research Center and the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) to create the Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab, to be housed later this year at the NASA Ames facility in Moffett Field, Calif., northwest of San Jose.

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