Deal between Burnaby company and Google could spell future of artificial intelligence

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The quest for artificial intelligence has eluded scientists for generations, but Burnaby company D-Wave Systems Inc. is helping make the dream a reality.

D-Wave recently announced a deal between the company and the Quantum Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (QuAIL) for the installation of a series of computer systems built by D-Wave. D-Wave systems are specially designed to study theoretical computing systems, using algorithms and software to run theoretical programs and experiments based on experimental theories such as quantum entanglement and A.I. While it might sound like science-fiction, quantum computing represents the bleeding edge of technological innovation.

“This deal is a milestone for DWave, and demonstrates Google’s continued commitment to exploring the rapidly developing capabilities of DWave quantum computing systems,” Muray Thom, Director of Professional Servics at D-Wave told Vancity Buzz. “Moreover it’s positive for quantum computing technology generally. We’re thrilled about it.”

QuAIL is a collaboration between Google, NASA, and the Universities Space Research Association (USRA), dedicated to studying how quantum computing can advance the field of artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Thom says this deal, and deals like it, will help advance the field of quantum computing and artificial intelligence since it brings together the best tech in the business with the best minds in the field.

“We hope that deep partnerships like this will accelerate development by broadening system access to engineers and researchers from many complimentary fields,” he says. “There is a compounding benefit as more brilliant individuals understand and extend what’s possible with quantum computing. This will be of key importance to advancing progress in fields like artificial intelligence.”

Thom says that with the way quantum computing is progressing, we may see some of the most incredible innovations in our lifetime. D-Wave hopes to do whatever it can to contribute to these discoveries.

“Some of the greatest discoveries in quantum computing will be made in the near future. Many by people who have yet to run their first quantum program,” he says. “To enable this, our biggest priority over the coming months and years is to continue partnering with organizations from all sectors – science, healthcare, finance – to develop applications that take advantage of quantum computing’s unique capabilities.”

 

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