Eric Ladizinsky visited the Quantum AI Lab at Google LA to give a talk “Evolving Scalable Quantum Computers.” This talk took place on March 5, 2014. Abstract: EVOLVING QUANTUM COMPUTERS: “The nineteenth century was known as the machine age, the twentieth century will go down in history as the information age. I believe the twenty-first century will be the quantum age”. Paul Davies Quantum computation represents a fundamental paradigm shift in information processing. By harnessing strange, counterintuitive quantum phenomenon, quantum computers promise computational capabilities far exceeding any conceivable classical computing systems for certain applications. These applications may include the core hard problems in machine learning and artificial intelligence, complex optimization, and simulation of molecular dynamics .. the solutions of which could provide huge benefits to humanity. Realizing this potential requires a concerted scientific and technological effort combining multiple disciplines and institutions … and rapidly evolving quantum processor designs and algorithms as learning evolves. D-Wave Systems has built such a mini-Manhattan project like effort and in just a under a decade, created the first, special purpose, quantum computers in a scalable architecture that can begin to address real world problems. D-Wave’s first generation quantum processors (now being explored in conjunction with Google/NASA as well as Lockheed and USC) are showing encouraging signs of being at a “tipping point” .. matching state of the art solvers for some benchmark problems (and sometimes exceeding them) … portending the exciting possibility that in a few years D-Wave processors could exceed the capabilities of any [More]