Study validates the quantum properties of D-Wave’s computer

A new study might help confirm that D-Wave Systems’ quantum computer chip might actually be what it claims to be. Conducted at the University of Southern California, where the D-Wave system owned by aerospace contractor Lockheed Martin is based, a team of scientists has concluded that the 128-qubit processor “behaved in a way that agrees with a model called ‘quantum Monte Carlo,’ yet disagreed with two candidate classical models.” In two weeks at our Structure Data conference, D-Wave CEO Vern Brownell will talk about what quantum computers can do and how they’ll be available as cloud services.

NSA’s quantum ambitions revealed in Snowden documents

The NSA is trying to build a quantum computer in order to break today’s digital encryption and create new types of encryption, the Washington Post has used documents leaked by Edward Snowden to reveal. Quantum computers can theoretically compute much faster than today’s “classical” bit-based systems, which would help them break encryption by brute force, a.k.a. high-speed guesswork – most encryption today relies on the fact that cracking it by brute force would take unfeasibly long. However, though some firms such as D-Wave claim to have built small-scale, early-stage versions, no-one has managed to build a large-scale quantum computer yet.

Google helps you learn about quantum physics with Minecraft

Quantum computing is just in its infancy, but its possibilities have certainly intrigued Google. In order to make the future come that much faster, the company is now looking to the children to usher in a new, quantum-physics savvy generation. The Google Quantum A.I. Lab Team released a blog post detailing the kid-friendly qCraft: a modpack for the popular, pixelated MMORPG Minecraft that enables players to explore and experiment with quantum physics in the digital world. With it, kids will be able to enact Schrodinger’s Cat, instead of reading about it in a text book.