Quantum Tech Blog

Somethin’ strange in the (Quantum) neighborhood…

How established must an industry be to become a target for disruption? Not established at all according to William Hurley, known amongst friends and colleagues as “whurley,” a serial entrepreneur and founder of the disruptive quantum computing firm Strangeworks. 

The UK’s National Physical Laboratory: Delivering quantum precision to industry

With over 100 years of measurement innovation, and over 100 people dedicated to quantum technology, the UK’s National Physical Laboratory is a world leader in innovative science. But there’s a twist. Although there is plenty of scientific research taking place - at a level equivalent to any leading research institute - the NPL’s primary goal is to support British industry. As such, the Quantum Metrology Institute, the organization within the NPL responsible for quantum technologies, is at the cutting edge of developing deployment-ready quantum tools & techniques.

University Of Copenhagen Researchers Realize New Platform For Future Quantum Computer

University of Copenhagen physicists, as part of the University and Microsoft collaboration focused on topological quantum computing, may have unloosed a Gordian knot in quantum computer development. 

Latin American Scientists Call For ‘Clear Rules’ Regarding China’s Quantum Internet Experiments

This “Digital Military Magazine” discusses what it sees as China’s goal of achieving cyberspace dominion. In 2017, Beijing started quantum Internet experiments with a network of satellites and computers that could share information worldwide at an unprecedented high speed.

IBM Announces Expansion Of IBM Q Network; Partnering With Global Universities

IBM today announced the expansion of the IBM Q Network to include a number of global universities with the intent to partner with IBM to accelerate joint research in quantum computing, and develop curricula to help prepare students for careers that will be influenced by this next era of computing, across science and business.

Johns Hopkins Researchers Announce New Approach To Device Control For Measuring Qubits Low-Temp Environments

Scientists at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), in Laurel, Maryland, have developed a new device for controlling and measuring qubits inside the low-temperature environment of quantum computers; the new device can be manipulated at lower frequency, without the need for microwave lines, thus reducing cost and complexity.

Siemens Healthineers: Pioneering Healthcare with Quantum Computing

“I wanted to work on cutting edge research that could lead to benefits for patients” says Peter Mountney, a Senior Key Expert Scientist at Siemens Healthineers.

That was the key driver for joining Siemens Healthineers after a PhD and post doc work in machine learning-driven medical imaging and surgical robotics.

Oxford Quantum Circuits: Scaling a quantum computing company

Scaling up quantum circuitry is a significant challenge. Building up even a relatively small system raises the problems of noise and interference, increases error rates, and can eventually jeopardise output completely. But for young start-ups, quantum computing has a second scalability problem: attracting more talent to a field still widely perceived by those on the outside as intimidating, inaccessible and academic. Oxford Quantum Circuits, a spin-out from the University of Oxford, has a solution for the first. CEO Ilana Wisby, Founder, Peter Leek and quantum engineer Brian Vlastakis are working on the second.

Microsoft Quantum Network Debuts

The Microsoft Quantum Network made its official debut this week at Microsoft’s Redmond campus; representatives laid out the company’s vision for quantum computing and introduced network partners to Microsoft’s tools of the quantum trade at the event.

Innovation; the NatWest way

How does a 300 year old institution do innovation? That’s the challenge that John Stewart, Global Head of Scouting and Research at NatWest grapples with each day. 

Zapata: Solving intractable problems

If you had invented the Natural Language engine behind Apple’s Siri you might be inclined to rest on your laurels. Not so for machine learning expert Christopher Savoie, CEO and Co-Founder of Zapata Computing. After running data and analytics for Nissan, Christopher launched a photonics company using machine learning capabilities emanating from Alan Aspuru-Guzik’s group at Harvard. Based on that experience, in 2017 Chris and Alan decided to spin out Alan’s quantum information group into what is now Zapata. 

The Race Is On To Quantum Computing

The race is on to quantum computing. Some of the technology industry’s biggest companies, such as IBM, Google, Intel, Microsoft, and China’s Alibaba, along with upstarts like California-based Rigetti, are in a race to build  cutting-edge quantum computing machines, which promise to revolutionize industries including energy, health, and finance by letting them crunch data faster than ever before. Governments understand the geopolitical implications too. China is building a $10 billion national lab for quantum computing.

IAEA-Coordinated Project To Build Quantum Technology With Ion Beam Accelerators

Scientists are working on accelerator-based techniques for developing new materials that could speed up development of quantum technologies. A coordinated research project funded by the International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA) has brought together leading scientists from Australia, China, Croatia, Finland, Italy, India, Israel, Singapore, Spain and the USA. The main aim of the project is to develop novel, accelerator-based ion beam techniques for creating and characterizing modified material required for new quantum technologies.

Quantum Communication Will Need Both Fiber & Satellites

An explanation of the need for both fiber and satellites for quantum communications to be scaled globally.  Both can transmit qubits, but for now in the world of the “Quantum Internet”, fiber and satellites serve two different markets and represent two different opportunities.  Read more in the in-depth, information-dense companion blog to your ITQ newsletter.

By: Richard Wordsworth, Contributing Writer

QC Ware: Quantum computing for the masses

At first glance, Matt Johnson’s journey to CEO of QC Ware--the Palo Alto company developing accessible, hardware-agnostic quantum computing software--immediately stands out from the mathematicians, physicists and computer scientists you’d expect to find running a quantum computing company. With an impressive list of Fortune 100 customers, investment from Citigroup, Airbus and Goldman Sachs, and partnerships with NASA and the US National Science Foundation, the company has already established itself as a leader in this emerging field. 

By: Richard Wordsworth, Contributing Writer

The Constancy of Errors: Quantum Benchmark’s Shortcut to Supremacy

The ubiquity of errors in the quantum computing community is an open secret. And yet, for those on the outside, the word ‘computing’ can imply reliability. It’s a simple enough mistake to make for non-experts, who, not unreasonably, conflate quantum computing with its everyday, classical forebear - where technology has progressed to the point where errors at the hardware level are so rare as to be practically inconsequential. We implicitly trust classical computers to perform calculations faultlessly - but in quantum computing, errors are rife.

By: Richard Wordsworth, Contributing Writer

Into the Light: Xanadu’s Vision of a Photonic Future

Xanadu’s Nathan Killoran accepts the scale of the company’s vision: in two years, this two-year-old company of around 35 software and hardware engineers is dedicated to building a scalable photonic quantum computer with accompanying software.

Stanford Launches New Q-Farm Initiative To Expand Strengths In Quantum Science & Engineering

Stanford and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have launched a new Quantum Fundamentals, ARchitecture and Machines (Q-FARM) initiative to leverage and expand the university’s strengths in quantum science and engineering and to train the field’s next generation of scientists.

Quantum Science Advances Could Change Face Of National Security

Scientists are building computers that use entangled quantum bits (called, “qubits”) to complete calculations that were once thought impossible and at speeds never imagined.

Challenges In Development Of Commercially Viable QKD Transmitters & Receivers

Field tests are solving the challenges of counting photons and measuring their quantum states in quantum key distribution (QKD)-based optical transmission networks to ensure communications security.

Archer Exploration Exploring Quantum Technology That Allows Qubits To Be Processed At Room Temperature

Archer Exploration Limited’s Dr Mohammad Choucair, has invented the first material known to overcome a known quantum technology limitation by allowing quantum information (quibits) to be processed at room temperatures. Archer is now developing the licensed University of Sydney (USyd) technology which can hold quantum information and allow it to process the quibits at ordinary room temperatures.

Finnish Researchers Approach Quantum Computing Speed Limit

The ability to track and control quantum processors in real time is a difficult task, according to Finland’s Aalto University researchers Antti Vepsäläinen, Sergey Danilin, and Sorin Paraoanu. The group of researchers recently described their latest work in approaching the quantum computing speed limit with accuracy.

Microsoft For Startups Provides Qualified Quantum Computing Startups With Access To Microsoft Technologies

Microsoft shared in late 2018 that they are expanding collaborations to include startups that are driving the quantum industry forward. Microsoft had previously been collaborating with organizations such as Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), and Pacific Northwest National Labs (PNNL), and strategic research partnerships with institutions including Purdue University, UC Santa Barbara, the University of Copenhagen, TU Delft, and the University of Sydney.

Delivering Quantum Advantage: The Volkswagen Group of America Perspective

The smart office in downtown San Francisco could be home to a cool ecommerce or tech start-up. Scribbled quadratic equations on a whiteboard, open-plan, and a cute dachshund trotting around, not what you would typically associate with an 81 year old manufacturing giant. But for the past 2 and a half years, this has been the home of Florian Neukart, the Principal Scientist at Volkswagen Group of America, the German automotive leader. 

Quantum Pharma: Pioneering Quantum Computing in Genomics

Singapore may not be the first location that comes to mind when identifying quantum technology innovation hubs, but world-class infrastructure, a great scientific knowledge base and plenty of government support has attracted many leading quantum physicists to the steamy island metropolis.

Among them are Tommaso Demarie and Ewan Munro, co-founders of pioneering quantum computing start-up Entropica Labs, who met at Singapore’s Centre for Quantum Technologies. With support, and pre-seed investment from London-based accelerator Entrepreneur First, Tommaso and Ewan have their sights set on transforming computational biology.

Quantum Accelerated Drug Discovery

The way pharmaceutical companies try to discover new drugs are similar to panning for gold. Wash a load of molecules slowly through a sieve, and pray for a sparkle of gold amidst the rubble. This early stage drug discovery costs pharma companies billions of dollars every year.

A London-based quantum start up is looking to change that needle-in-a-haystack approach. Vid Stojevic and Noor Shaker, two academics with backgrounds in tensor networks and machine learning, are co-founders of GTN. 

Practical Quantum Cryptography For The Internet of Things

You may know Southwark in South London by its magnificent Gothic cathedral. Or by browsing through bustling Borough Market. Or even Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. But there are a couple of guys determined to make Southwark famous for some serious quantum science.

Shahram Mossayebi and Patrick Camilleri are the co-founders of 2-year-old start-up Crypto Quantique. They are developing a solution to address the biggest challenge facing the booming Internet of Things (IoT) market: security.  Quantum tech caught up with the two entrepreneurs at their offices in Southwark.

Rivada Networks Supports Efforts To Establish Global Quantum Security Technology Standards

Rivada Networks has joined with 17 other members of the Quantum Alliance Initiative to submit the first global Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) and Quantum Random Number Generator (QRNG) recommendations to the International Telecommunications Union—Telecommunication Standardization Section (ITU-T) meeting in Geneva, scheduled for January 22-30, 2019.

New Protocols For Quantum Sensors Could Allow Safe Use Of Nanoscale NMR In Study Of Biomolecules

A study by the Quantum Technologies for Information Science (QUTIS) group of the University of the Basque Country’s Department of Physical Chemistry, has produced a series of protocols for quantum sensors that could allow images to be obtained by means of the nuclear magnetic resonance of single biomolecules using a minimal amount of radiation.

Airbus Sponsoring Quantum Computing Challenge For Aircraft Design

Airbus has announced that it is creating a global competition to encourage developers to find ways quantum computing can be applied to aircraft design. Airbus is already exploring the use of quantum computing in areas such as “route optimization and satellite imagery.”

Smart Cities May Be Best Business Case For Quantum Computing

Quantum computing (QC) for smart cities may be the best business use of QC technology according to this INSEAD blog posting. The author says quantum computing is best suited for cases that involve massive data processing, but don’t require 100 percent precision in computations. Future smart cities represent a context in which those kind of problems will abound.