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Google to build quantum computer

Search giant teams up with college research team to pursue AI applications of fledgling field

Google to build quantum computer

Google is to join with a college research team in a quest to build its own quantum computer, Reuters reported.

The Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab, led by physicist John Martinis, from the University of California Santa Barbara will collaborate with the search giant on a project to build quantum information processors based on superconducting electronics.

The research group is a joint venture by Google, NASA Ames Research Centre and the Universities Space Research Association (USRA). It aims to apply the technology of quantum optimisation to the field of artificial intelligence.

"With an integrated hardware group, the Quantum AI team will now be able to implement and test new designs for quantum optimisation and inference processors based on recent theoretical insights, as well as our learnings from the D-Wave quantum annealing architecture," said Hartmut Neven director of engineering for Google, on the company's research blog.

A quantum computer differs from a transistor-based model by using quantum mechanical principles to enable massively parallel operations. While the field is still experimental, several prototype quantum machines have been built to perform simple specific tasks, such as solving rudimentary puzzles.

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