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Firms Look to Emerging Tech to Drive New Business Models

“A ‘quantum computer’ is on display at the IBM booth at the CeBIT computer fair in Hanover, Germany, June 11, 2018” writes Angus Loten for wsj.com. Other key technologies include business networking fabrics, blockchain and other distributed ledgers, edge, quantum and serverless computing, additive manufacturing, and virtual, augmented and mixed reality.Photo: European Pressphoto Agency Deep learning, augmented reality and quantum computing are among a new breed of digital capabilities that companies are eyeing to drive new business models – with chief information officers taking a central role in that process,…

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Quantum measurements could power a tiny, hyper-efficient engine

“So the quantum measurement engine, while efficient, does its job slowly” writes Adrian Cho for sciencemag.org. Still, the measurement engine put a new tool in the quantum mechanic’s toolbox.Instead, the neutron must be described by a diffuse quantum wave that gives the probability of finding it in different places.If the neutron sits ambiguously between the two bounds, a quantum measurement will randomly yield either “out” or “in.”.  Source: sciencemag.org Share This:

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Could Quantum Computing Be the End of Free Will?

“On a more existential level, according to Daniel Zajfman, some people are concerned that quantum computing could bring about the end of free will” writes Rachel Gutman for theatlantic.com. Faster, more powerful computing has the potential to revolutionize fields from drug delivery to freight transportation.Quantum computing capitalizes on the quantum-physics principle that a particle may be in two states at once, as long as it does not leave a record of either state.But the advent of quantum computing promises to bring more than improved problem-solving. Source: theatlantic.com Share This:

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Quantum physics gets attention—and brighter funding prospects—in Congress

“The blueprint recommends that the hubs focus on three areas: developing ultraprecise quantum sensors for biomedicine, navigation, and other applications; hack-proof quantum communication; and quantum computers” writes Gabriel Popkin for sciencemag.org. The European Union has launched a decadelong quantum research initiative, and China is said to be investing heavily in the field.Key science agencies are calling on Congress to accelerate spending on quantum research.Adding to the $20 million boost approved by the Senate (but not yet by the entire Congress), Trump’s 2019 budget request would create a new $30 million…

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Strangeworks raises $4 million to prepare developers for quantum computing revolution

“Founded in 2017, Strangeworks is building tools that allow developers and researchers to begin working with quantum computing systems” writes Chris O’brien for venturebeat.com. Strangeworks says it is also working with Stack Overflow to demystify quantum computing for developers via the Q&A site Quantum Computing Stack Exchange.These are referred to as “quantum bits” or “qbits.” While there are still fundamental scientific hurdles to overcome to make quantum computing more powerful than traditional computing, quantum computing holds the promise of systems that are much more powerful and able to handle calculations that are far…

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‘There is no such thing as past or future’: physicist Carlo Rovelli

“If the theory of general relativity describes a world of curved spacetime where everything is continuous, quantum theory describes a world in which discrete quantities of energy interact” writes Charlotte Higgins for theguardian.com. In The Order of Time, he asks why can we know only the past, and not the future?. Rovelli’s work as a physicist, in crude terms, occupies the large space left by Einstein on the one hand, and the development of quantum theory on the other. Source: theguardian.com Share This:

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Weird vibrations poised to control quantum computers

“First, physicists must learn to control quantum vibrations” writes Adrian Cho for sciencemag.org. The budding discipline of quantum acoustics could shake up embryonic quantum computers by miniaturizing technologies and producing longer-lasting quantum memories.However, that simple quantum state persisted for just 5 nanoseconds, too little time to put the device into more complex quantum states of motion.Los Angeles, California—For the moment, microwave photons are the keys to many quantum computers: Physicists use them to program, read out, and otherwise manipulate the machines’ quantum bits.And by connecting the transducer to a superconducting…

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Scientists Propose Experiment to Test Quantum Gravity

“Two groups of scientists may have finally solved that problem, by proposing an experiment to determine if the graviton exists without ever observing it directly” writes Avery Thompson for popularmechanics.com. If the experiment is successful, it would prove that gravity and quantum mechanics can be reconciled.This might seem like a roundabout way of finding out if quantum gravity exists, but it’s probably the only way available to physicists.If it does, however, finding it could help solve one of the biggest problems in physics and unify gravity with quantum mechanics. Source: popularmechanics.com…

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Bristlecone: Google’s new 72-qubit quantum computing chip is the most advanced of its kind by far

“Google has unveiled its new quantum computing processor called Bristlecone and it is expected to help the search engine giant achieve “quantum supremacy” in the future” writes Kukil Bora for ibtimes.co.in. “We are cautiously optimistic that quantum supremacy can be achieved with Bristlecone,” Google research scientist Julian Kelly said in a statement.Although many other tech giants like IBM, Microsoft and Intel are also heavily investing to build practical quantum computers, no one has so far achieved the goal of quantum supremacy.Quantum supremacy refers to the state in which a quantum computer…

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