Just read articles about Google, D-Wave, IonQ, IBM and generically about AI / Quantum intersection. IonQ. The first 2 had hardware innovations, the 3rd said be patient, the fourth improved interpretation and modeling, and the 5th helped us see that Quantum and AI are improving faster together, with synergies.
Worth a read...
Jeffrey Cohen, May 21, 2019
There is so much in this article, that I suggest you read it. It is not comprehensive, and may not be entirely correct...but it summarizes information that I understand, and ties together some new insights (e.g., IBM has shown the ability to use a supercomputer to simulate a 49 qubit system).
By Jeffrey Cohen, May 16, 2019
After spending ~30 minutes reading through meetup.com invitations and groups, and not signing up for a single one (not feeling social) I came across this article by the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University (May 1, 2019 - access via the button above). Maybe the four tips would help me network more...
1) Prepare a Repertoire of Questions—but Maintain a Curious Mindset
2) Choose Conversation Partners Wisely
3) Focus on Relationships, Not Business Cards
4) Know When to Move On
At this level, I didn't learn anything new...but there were small nuggets of insight.
1) Be interested in the answers to the questions you ask, or don't ask them. Don't fake it. Listen carefully. Look for things in common, and ways that you are similar.
2) Read the room first, quick hello to the senior executives, and focus on meeting new people. Don't pick people that look 'senior' or 'executive' and keep learning new things from people.
3a) It is ok to meet just one or two people, if it can lead to a deeper professional relationship
3b) Connect people appropriately to others to help or collaborate; this is a valuable skill.
4) Transition out of a conversation quickly enough with a thank you, interest in continuing the conversation at another time, and exchange information. We are there to network...
Hope that helps. Thank you to Holly Raider, Clinical Professor of Management at Northwestern.
According to their website (graphics are posted there too): "Nanoco leads the world in the research, development and large-scale manufacture of heavy-metal free quantum dots and semiconductor nanoparticles for use in displays, lighting, solar energy and bio-imaging."
In short, Nanoco Group PLC makes quantum dots at scale, without heavy metals, that adjust and tune light. Energy and light comes in, and can be tuned to emit the color you want...all by adjusting the length (think column) of the Cadmium Free Quantum Dots (CFQD).
What does it do/what is it? "CFQD® quantum dots are fluorescent semiconductor nanoparticles typically between 10 to 100 atoms in diameter, which is about 1/1000th the width of a human hair. When one of these particles is excited by an external light source, it absorbs the energy and re-emits the light in a different colour depending on the size of the particle. Therefore, by tuning the size of these particles, one is able to control the colour of light emitted to any colour in the spectrum."
What could that mean in quantum computing? Not sure...except it is good to see other use-cases for commercial quantum materials, in this case lighting and displays. It improves display and lighting performance and reduces energy consumption.
Who does/did Nanoco work with? Dow Chemical, Merck, and Wah Hong Industrial (as of 2016).
Other uses include making hydrocarbons from carbon dioxide, solar cells, treating antibiotic and treatment resistant strains of infections, spintronic semiconductor devices (qubit), humidity and pressure sensors, imaging of cancer tumors, miniature lasers for high speed data transfer, and as listed above, TV or computer displays.
This is worth listening to. Three start-ups and a University of Chicago professor enlighten the House Energy Subcommittees on Environment and Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection in May 2018.
My take-aways: 1) I hear mostly the same discussion of quantum computing, as a start-up technology, hard to explain, highly technical, need to use analogies, many challenges, futuristic applications, and great potential. I feel myself being pulled towards it, like an early American settler who hears "go West young man" in spite of the dangers ahead.
2) There is a search for a 'killer app' for quantum. (I have said this before in prior notes)
3) Workforce enablement is a very important constraint limiting the development of commercial quantum computing, and not just due to a lack of seats and teachers. It is a complex learning curve. It is hard to learn advanced math, physics, computer science, and materials sciences, along with specific industry domains (e.g., settlement of trades), software development lifecycle, and agile, consulting methods.
My favorite part of the video came at 1:10:00 for the next 3 minutes when congressman Larry D. Bucshon M.D. asked for the Quantum Computing Federal Funding 'elevator pitch.' Nobody got it right in my opinion. This is what my brother and mentor, Seth Cohen, Canterbury Eleven CEO, asked me to focus on last week in Florida.
Check back for more interesting news and ideas. I try to post at least weekly...and sometimes daily.
Jeffrey Cohen, Founder & CEO, Chicago Quantum, a division of U.S. Advanced Computing Infrastructure, Inc. May 9, 2019
Labor productivity over the past four quarters is the largest since 3Q/2010.
Q1/2019 highlights (seasonally adjusted annual rates):
- Output up 4.1%
- Hours Worked up 0.5%
- Unit labor costs down 0.9% (a net factor)
Download the news release here:
It wasn't in Manufacturing...output declined, labor hours worked declined faster, and relative unit labor cost became more expensive by 0.8%.
Just ran our first quantum programs on Alibaba Cloud / CAS in Shanghai, China, D-Wave in Canada, and IBM in Yorktown, NY, USA
All signups were fast and easy (from data entry form to programming in 10 minutes).
Key learning? Need to better understand the programming models for both (composer 'gates' model, and python-like abstraction language). Get familiar with GitHub, Jupyter Notebooks, and most likely Python.
Jeffrey Cohen, April 24, 2019, US Advanced Computing Infrastructure Inc. Chicago Quantum.
By: Jeffrey Cohen, Founder & President of US Advanced Computing Infrastructure, Inc.
April 18, 2019
An informative, 4-hour session, with multiple speakers and ongoing Q&A.
Rene Copeland, President, D-Wave (Government) Inc. is responsible for government and university clients.
Edward (Denny) Dahl, Architect & Scientist, D-Wave Systems,
Bob Sorensen, VP for Research, Technology, and Chief Analyst for Quantum Computing (QC) at Hyperion Research. A High Performance Computing (HPC) spin-off from IDC that is 100% US owned
Dr. Joel M. Gottlieb, Senior Presales Analyst, D-Wave Systems, who helps new customers to effectively use the D-Wave systems.
Attorney, R. Paul Stimers, Partner, of the law firm K&L Gates (2).
Diane Carr, Director, Customer training.
We attended the D-Wave Systems Quantum Computing Seminar on April 10, 2019. Excellent day spent with D-Wave Systems, Government, Academic and Industry participants. Will be posting a detailed BLOG post of the event, and follow-up activities over the past 5 days.
There were two key commercial points I took from this conference: 1) continuing advances in the technology, usability, and roadmap, and 2) the attendees were looking for clear, tangible business use cases and quantifiable business benefits. In other words, what is the killer app?
Please check back for a detailed BLOG posting, along with results from the 'homework' or follow-up work based on the event. For example, Chicago Quantum joined the Airbus Quantum Challenge!
We joined the Airbus Quantum Challenge...Problem Statement 5 - Aircraft 'Cargo' Loading Optimization
On April 12, 2019, we joined the Airbus Quantum Challenge. Anyone want to join us? Problem Statement 5: Aircraft Loading Optimisation. (Cargo loading on aircraft, not passenger boarding) We have until year-end to solve this problem...
We are very open to partnering with others to solve this challenge for Airbus. The 'reward' in early 2020 would be access to quantum computer time, research and development resources, and the chance to continue developing this solution into a production system.
Click here for more information from Airbus. Call us if you want to join our team.
Strategic IT Management Consultant with a strong interest in Quantum Computing. Consulting for 29 years and this looks as interesting as cloud computing was in 2010.