Google working on super-fast 'quantum' computer chip

Sep 03, 2014
Google headquarters in Mountain View, California, pictured on January 30, 2014

Google said it is working on a super-fast "quantum" computer chip as part a vision to one day have machines think like humans.

The Internet titan on Tuesday added renowned researcher John Martinis and his team at the University of California, Santa Barbara, to the Quantum Artificial Intelligence team at Google, according to director of engineering Hartmut Neven.

The new hires are part of a "hardware initiative" to design and build chips operating on sub-atomic levels in ways making them exponentially faster than processors currently used in computers,

"With an integrated hardware group the Quantum AI team will now be able to implement and test new designs," Neven said of the quest for a transformative new chip.

Last year, Google's artificial intelligence lab partnered with US space agency NASA on quantum computing research.

Explore further: Remote quantum applications, teleportation enabled by calling long distance between superconducting qubits

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HTK
1.5 / 5 (2) Sep 03, 2014
End of IBM and Intel?
Horus
4.8 / 5 (4) Sep 03, 2014
You truly don't know much about IBM or Intel if you think Google is going to leap frog both, never mind Apple, AMD and others in this field.

Sorry, but Google creates buzz around Google Labs and everyone writes articles about it. Odd that they never do follow ups to only find out the project(s) become(s) another stack on top of a huge stack of projects never finished.
jalmy
3 / 5 (3) Sep 03, 2014
Underestimating Google and the possibilities that can come from throwing huge amounts of cash at a problem would be a grievous mistake. Google has leaped over plenty of companies in the past.
bluehigh
1 / 5 (1) Sep 03, 2014
Google Cardboard cost how much to develop?
SoylentGrin
5 / 5 (2) Sep 03, 2014
Use this to implement a Super Turing machine, and ask the AI how to leapfrog the other companies.
billpress11
2.7 / 5 (3) Sep 03, 2014
I recently ditched the Google Chrome browser and replaced it with Opera which uses about a third of the space and works three times faster. If you do that I would recommend UNINSTALLING the chrome.
richardwenzel987
not rated yet Sep 05, 2014
Even if you have the platform on which an AI program might run, you still need the program. It just came to me that "intelligence" is probably based on a fairly simple trick, repeated many times in many locations in a neural network, with probably a lot of nesting going on, as in the basic trick calling upon the same basic trick as a subroutine, then passing the output along to be processed once again by the same basic trick. Now we just need to know nature's trick.
Aligo
Sep 06, 2014
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