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15th November 2018 – The Next Decade in Quantum Computing—and How to Play – Boston Consulting Group –  An excellent new report on the current state of commercial quantum computing, with surprising depth in areas such as hardware, applications, investment and industry players. However, at over 6000 words it’s a long read.

25th September 2018 – UCL partners with Google to grow quantum software industry in the UK – UCL News –  UCL, Google, and the University of Bristol announce a 5 year joint-enterprise- the Prosperity Partnership- aiming to increase the viability of modelling using quantum computers.

12th September 2018 – US takes first step toward a quantum computing workforce –MIT Technology Review –  taking a look at the recently passed National Quantum Initiative Act, the US government investment of  $1.275 billion into quantum research facilities and training.

10th September 2018 – Rigetti Computing unveils quantum computing cloud service – CloudPro – roundup of the recent announcement by Rigetti Computing to offer businesses cloud-based server time on their quantum hardware within the next few weeks, and their $1 million quantum supremacy competition.

15th August 2018 – AI and quantum physics are searching for life-saving drugs – Wired – speaking with the founders of GTN, a pharmaceutical startup involved in recent initiatives by Google, Bristol University, and UCL to grow the UK quantum computing industry.

20th July 2018 – Google’s New Cirq Project Aims to Make Quantum Computers Actually Useful – Gizmodo – Discussing the new NISQ (Noisy Intermediate Scale Quantum) computing paradigm, and reactions to Google’s recent Cirq announcement.

18th July 2018 – Announcing Cirq: An Open Source Framework for NISQ Algorithms – Google AI Blog – Google announces the public alpha for Cirq: an open-source quantum programming framework, for the latest generation of quantum computers that are currently being developed.

16th July 2018 – D-Wave’s quantum computer successfully models a quantum systemArs Technica – Analysis of the recent results announced by D-Wave on modelling a quantum mechanical system.

16th July 2018 – New Quantum Computer Milestone Would Make Richard Feynman Very HappyGizmodo – Analysis of the recent results announced by D-Wave on modelling a quantum mechanical system.

12th July 2018 – D-Wave Demonstrates Large-Scale Programmable Quantum Simulation – 

6th July 2018Designer diamonds could one day help build a quantum internetScienceNews – new synthetic diamonds have been created that can both transmit and store quantum information, opening the way to possible long distance communication of quantum information.

18th June 2018 – Volkswagen Turns To Quantum Computers For Advanced Battery ResearchClean Technica about how Volkswagen are working with D-Wave and Google to shorten the time to create new and better battery technology.

30th May 2018 – How Close Are We—Really—to Building a Quantum Computer? – Scientific American  – interview with Jim Clarke, director for quantum hardware at Intel, discussing the bigger picture of quantum computing.

19th May 2018 – Google, Alibaba spar over timeline for ‘quantum supremacy’  – Wired – article discussing recent announcement by researchers from the Chinese company Alibaba, who claim to be able to beat Google’s quantum chip using conventional supercomputers.

26th April 2018 – Google Charts Two-Dimensional Quantum Course – HPC wiregood, detailed technical article about the challenges of quantum computing error correction.

18th April 2018 – Worse Than Y2K: Quantum Computing And The End Of PrivacyForbes – article asking why more people aren’t worried about the threat to encryption that quantum computing poses.

12th April 2018 – NIST’s New Quantum Method Generates Really Random Numbers National Institue of Science And Technology – Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a method for generating numbers guaranteed to be random by quantum mechanics, and have published their result in the journey Nature.

11th April 2018 – Cisco, Researchers Develop New Security Techniques to Thwart Quantum AttacksWall Street Journal Blog – about the need to start thinking about protecting against quantum computing attacks on encryption.

10th April 2018 – Is it Time for Quantum Computing Startups? MaybeIEEE – discusses the the future of quantum computing start ups and has some thoughts from venture capitalists. There seems to be some scepticism at the moment given the small number of companies working on QC at the moment and a lot of them are large, established companies such as IBM, Google and Intel, with only a few start ups such as Rigetti.

10th April 2018 – Quantum Brief: Looking for Majorana in all the Right PlacesHPC wiredetails of recent advances in the search for the particles that will form the basis of Microsoft’s efforts in topological quantum computing.

9th April 2018 – Is China winning race with the US to develop quantum computers? –  South China Morning Post – analysis of the amount on investment china is making, including details of their work on quantum communication with a satellite.

5th April 2018 – IBM is doing something with quantum computing that’s never been done beforeBGR – about IBM partnering with a number of startups to collaborate on projects together, using IBMs quantum computers.  Includes a list, with descriptions, of 8 of the quantum computing startups that they are partnering with.

27th March 2018 – Are We Quantum Computers?University Of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) – about $1.2m in grant funding to start project investigating whether the brain uses quantum computation, including whether this could be done use the nuclear spin of phosphorus atoms.

14th March 2018 – Whurley Says Quantum Computing is the New Space RaceSilicon Hills

Details of William Hurley, tech entrepreneur, Keynote speech at South By SouthWest conference.

13th March 2018 – Moore’s Law At Warp Speed: The Global Security Risks Of A Post-Quantum WorldForbes

Brief discussion of the security implications of quantum computing on encryption.

13th March 2018 – Hyperion Tackles Elusive Quantum Computing LandscapeHPCWire

About how Hyperion Research are ramping up their work on tracking quantum computing and why. Discusses how immature the field is, the investment that is going into it and the developments in terms of investment and involvement.

13th March 2018 – SXSW 2018: Quantum Computers Could End Climate Change Debate, Says Expert  – Inverse Innovation

William Hurley, tech entrepreneur, talks at a conference about how quantum computing could be used to more accurately model climate change.

12th March 2018 – Watch Out, Amazon And Microsoft: IBM Has 16,000 AI Engagements, 400 Blockchain, Several QuantumForbes

An analysis of what IBM is currently up to, including working with its client on quantum computing i.e. JPMorgan Chase (on risk optimization and portfolio optimisation), Daimler (on logistics and self-driving routes) and JSR (on computational chemistry).

9th March 2018 – Google thinks it’s close to “quantum supremacy.” Here’s what that really means. by MIT Technology Review

A discussion of the Google’s recently announced Bristlecone quantum chip which has 72 qubits, and is predicted to achieve quantum supremacy soon, possibly in the next few months.

8th March 2018 – Australian scientists move closer to world-beating quantum computerThe Guardian.

The Australian team have demonstrated communication and correlation of phosphorus atoms in silicon. They have yet to achieve entanglement, but predict that they will get to 1 entangled atom by the end of the year and 10 within 5 years. There’s a nice article, also from The Guardian, from 2 years ago here about the head of the research team, Michelle Simmons, and her work.

8th March 2018 – After Alibaba, Baidu leaps into quantum computingTechNode

About the two Chinese giant tech companies investments in quantum computing, including Alibaba’s $15 billion investment in next-gen tech.

8th March 2018 – Scientists gain new visibility into quantum information transferMIT News

Very technical article about research into measuring information spreading in large quantum mechanical systems using room temperature NMR.

7th March 2018 – Scaling silicon quantum photonic technology

A team of scientists led by Bristol University published a paper in the journal Science titled Multidimensional quantum entanglement with large-scale integrated optics

They have demonstrated technology with two entangled photons, each in 15 different states, which provides 15×15 dimensionality and “provides a clear path to scaling up to the many millions of components that are ultimately needed for large-scale quantum computing applications“.   The use of silicon technologies similar to that used in conventional chip production and this ability to scale make it very interesting when compared to the other main quantum computing technologies, including ion trap and superconducting.

7th March 2018 – USC researchers at forefront of quantum computer developmentUSC (University of Southern California)

A piece summarising the current state of quantum computing and then describing the recent research on quantum computing being done at the University of Southern California, including work on using quantum computers to predict gene binding and to train AI to “help physicists look for patterns”.

7th March 2018 – Sydney just entered the race to build the world’s first quantum computerBusiness Insider (Australia)

About $500,000 investment from Australian government to set up a Sydney Quantum Academy for postgraduate training and research.

5th March 2018 – Google’s new Bristlecone processor brings it one step closer to quantum supremacyTechCrunch

Quick summary article about Google’s new 72 qubit chip and the competition from IBM and Microsoft.

5th March 2018 – Alibaba fires up a cloudy quantum computerThe Register

Chinese firm Alibaba in collaboration with the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) offer up 11 qubit system in the cloud.  Short article, including comparison with D-Wave’s adibiatic quantum computing.

5th March 2018 – America’s Enigma problem with China: The threat of quantum computingThe Hill

Discussion of the security implications of China building a $10bn research facility for quantum computing by 2020.

2nd March 2018 – Microsoft Gives Devs More Open Source Quantum Computing GoodiesLinux Insider

New update to the Quantum Development Kit that includes support for Linux and Mac, as well as Python interoperability

1st March 2018 – Why Forward-Thinking Tech Executives Should Keep An Eye On Quantum ComputingForbes

Talks about that fact that, despite usable quantum computers maybe being a decade off, there are several short term ‘hybrid’ methods that use both quantum and conventional computing that could have powerful applications.

27th February 2018 – Israeli physicist leads int’l team making quantum computerIsrael21c

New project headed by Israeli team with European partners to work on developing quantum computer.

24th February 2018 – IBM NOW HAVE A 50 QUBIT QUANTUM COMPUTER, BUT ARE STILL TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT TO DO WITH ITIrish Tech News

Discussion about the hype around quantum computing, quantum supremecy and the big problem of error correction.

23rd February 2018 – Microsoft: We Have the Qubits You WantBarron’s

Two Microsoft execs working on quantum computing talk to Barron’s about why they think their topological qubits are better than the competitions – due to lower error rates.  These qubits use the “Majorana fermion,” –  “a particle that has the property of being both matter and anti-matter, but which had existed for decades as only an hypothesis.” and Microsoft think they will be able to develop a topological qubit by the end of 2018.  A reasonably detailed article that gives more insight in Microsoft’s efforts.

22nd February 2018 – Making quantum computers reliableThe Economist

Discussion of the challenges of error correction in quantum computers, and how quantum computers are still at a very early stage in solving this problem.

20th February 2018 – Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology edge closer to quantum computing breakthroughV3

Research showing ability to host a Majorana fermion particle, which could be used as a stable building block of a quantum computer.

19th February 2018 – Exciting new technology for quantum computingChalmers University Of Technology (Sweden)

Article on the Chalmers University site about the fact they had “probably succeeded in creating a topological superconductor”

19th February 2018 – THE ONGOING BATTLE BETWEEN QUANTUM AND CLASSICAL COMPUTERSWired

Detailed discussion of what is involved in achieving “quantum supremacy”.

17th February 2018 – Commentary: These Next-Generation Supercomputers Are So Hot They Need to Run in a FreezerFortune

Article summarising the state of quantum computing at the beginning of 2018 and its uses and perils.

16th February 2018 – Promising method for improving quantum information processingScience Daily

Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s ORNL (Oak Ridge National Laboratory) Quantum Information Science Group are working on encoding photons with quantum information that could give the ability to do distributed quantum computing.  This is an exciting result because the ability to do quantum processing across multiple physically separate systems could be a big factor in the future success of quantum computing.

14th February 2018 – Quantum computers ‘one step closer’BBC

Talks about how a team of researchers have successfully built a “programmable two-qubit silicon-based processor“.  This BBC article contains a link to the full, readable version of the Nature paper titled “A programmable two-qubit quantum processor in silicon”

14th February 2018 – Better together: Silicon qubits plus light add up to new quantum computing capabilityPricetown University

Detailed article about a Nature journal paper titled A coherent spin–photon interface in silicon  The Princetown team have been able to create qubits from single electrons in silcone and then been able to transfer the the quantum information to a particle of light.  A very exciting advance as it could make it much easier to build large scale quantum devices in which quantum information moves around in photons.

7th February 2018 – The Argument Against Quantum ComputersQuanta Magazine

Mathematician Gil Kalai explains the reasons why he thinks the noise problem in quantum computing will prevent it ever becoming a useful technology.  He thinks that “the effort required to obtain a low enough error level for any implementation of universal quantum circuits increases exponentially with the number of qubits, and thus, quantum computers are not possible”

4th February 2018 – THE ERA OF QUANTUM COMPUTING IS HERE. OUTLOOK: CLOUDYWired

Good and fairly detailed article about the state of quantum computing, including analysis of the problem of error correction and noise.

31st January 2018 – Commentary: This New Technology Will Crack the Blockchain Like an EggFortune – about how quantum computers could make it possible to bypass the security mechanisms that currently protect blockchain implementations.

28th January 2018 – Microsoft and Google prepare for big leaps in quantum computingFinancial Times

Summary of the field, including IBM, Microsoft and Google at the beginning of 2018.

9th January 2018 – CES 2018: Intel’s 49-Qubit Chip Shoots for Quantum SupremacyIEEE Spectrum

About Intel’s announcement by their CEO of their 49 qubit chip at CES (an annual consumer electronics trade show in Las Vegas).

14th December 2017 – IBM recruits quantum computing partnersFinancial Times

About big financial companies getting involved with quantum computing, including JP Morgan.

7th November 2017 – Venture capital is backing Australian research into quantum computingBusiness Insider Australia

About investment in first spin-off company from the University of Sydney’s Quantum Science Group called Q-Ctrl Pty Ltd, who will provide quantum control solutions.

 10th October 2017 – China is opening a new quantum research supercenterPopular Science

China’s plans to build a $10bn National Laboratory for Quantum Information Sciences in Hefei, opening in 2020.

7th September 2017 – Microsoft pours millions into a new Station Q outpost in CopenhagenZDNet

10th August 2017 – China uses a quantum satellite to transmit potentially unhackable dataCNBC

China launched a satellite and sent a message using Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) which makes it unhackable between the ground and the satellite.

19th July 2017 – The strange topology that is reshaping physicsNature

Nature article (not paper) discussing topological effects, new particles and why Microsoft have invested heavily in topological quantum computing.

5th July 2017 – Multidisciplinary team wins $1M grant from Keck FoundationCornell University

Explanation of why the group are working on topological superconductors – relating to idea that, unlike other types of quantum computer, a topological quantum computer would not suffer from decoherence.

4th July 2017 – Atos launches the highest-performing quantum simulator in the worldAtos

Press release about how Atos launched a simulator called the “Atos Quantum Learning Machine” that can simulate 30 to 40 qubits.  Is meant to be used for people to develop and test quantum algorithms in advance of real hardware being available and runs on a supercomputer.

9th March 2017 – Here, there and everywhereThe Economist

Very comprehensive (if a little old now) essay about the state of quantum computing at the end of the first quarter of 2017.

3rd March 2017 – Commercialize quantum technologies in five yearsNature

Member of Google’s Quantum AI Laboratory talk about investment opportunities that may be realisable in the next few years, well before the advent of a full scale quantum computer.  They “highlight three commercially viable uses for early quantum-computing devices: quantum simulation, quantum-assisted optimization and quantum sampling. Faster computing speeds in these areas would be commercially advantageous in sectors from artificial intelligence to finance and health care”  Their discussion of how a small increase in product quality, using quantum computing, could help a business achieve large gains over their competitors is an interesting one.

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