Computing Breakthroughs: Quantum Computers, AI Drug Discovery, and Desktop Deep Learning

Slide1Phil and Stephen discuss computing breakthroughs. Are new paradigms emerging?

China adds a quantum computer to high-performance computing arsenal

Quantum computers have already been built by companies like IBM and D-Wave, but Chinese researchers have taken a different approach. They are introducing quantum computing using multiple photons, which could provide a superior way to calculate compared to today’s computers.

The Chinese quantum computing architecture allows for five-photon sampling and entanglement. It’s an improvement over previous experiments involving single-photon sourcing, up to 24,000 times faster, the researchers claimed.

AI startup Neurala claims major breakthrough in deep learning

Artificial intelligence startup Neurala Inc., a company that’s built a deep learning neural network used by NASA among other organizations, today announced a major new breakthrough that it claims will finally make the technology useful for consumers.

The company says it has developed deep learning software capable of learning without the need for servers running in the cloud, enabling a new generation of smart cars, children’s toys and industrial machines.

Drug Discovery AI Can Do in a Day What Currently Takes Months

Last week, researchers published a paper detailing an artificial intelligence system made to help discover new drugs, and significantly shorten the amount of time and money it takes to do so.

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