D-Wave Systems Inc. is the world’s first commercial quantum computing company.
If you have the money, you can buy a quantum computer.
“As the only company delivering a commercial quantum computing solution, D-Wave occupies a unique place in the market and has a head start few other organizations could match,” said David Campbell, Managing Director in the Merchant Banking Division of Goldman Sachs.
Founded in 1999, they have amassed over $200 million from investors that include financial giants Goldman Sachs and the Harris & Harris Group, to the primary investor for U.S. intelligence and defense communities In-Q-Tel.
Remember, the alphabet gangs that make up the United States Government, such as the FBI, CIA, NSA, NASA are all private corporations whose sole purpose is to generate profit for their shareholders. (U.S. V. Strang, 254 US 491, Lewis v. US, 680 F.2d, 1239).
In 2010, Lockheed Martin became their first customer. In 2013, they bought their upgraded version, the D-Wave Two, offering more qubits (we’ll get to what this means).
In 2013, a D-Wave collaboration with NASA, Google and the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) led to the installation of the D-Wave Two™ quantum computer at the Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab at NASA’s Ames Research Center. Research at the facility has centered on complex problems including machine learning and the search for exoplanets.
Their tagline is the “corner of the multiverse. ”
That was in 2013, by the way.
Look through their press release page and you can see very quickly the influence they are having on our world, affecting advertising, marketing, communications, startups, our financial industry, specifically with derivatives (the instrument that aided in the 2008 crash), providing quantum computing for our government; procuring an array of clients, such as Volkswagen, Universities, Cyber security firms, the list goes on.
So what are quantum computers and why are financial giants and intelligence communities so interested in obtaining access to them?
Computers as of now, or what may soon be nicknamed ‘classic’ computers, operate utilizing a language of 1’s and 0’s.
On or off.
These are called bits. It takes 8 bits to store a single number.
Quantum computers leverage the laws of quantum mechanics to do a computation.
This means they can be a 1 or a 0 at the same time.
They utilize what are called qubits (‘cube’ bits) to store information.
Whereas 8 bits could only store 1 number, 8 qubits can store 256 numbers. Each qubit you add, doubles its storage capacity.
By the time you reach 500, it can store more numbers than there are atoms in the visible universe.
D-Wave currently runs at 2,000 qubits!
While a classic computer searches each file at a time, a quantum computer searches all files at once.
“At the heart of quantum mechanics is a rule that sometimes governs politicians or CEOs – as long as no one is watching, anything goes.”
Superposition: When a particle can be in two or more places at the same time.
Ok think of it this way. If you are at point A and you need to get to point B, you could theoretically take a variety paths to get there. In some cases, an infinite amount.
While you must take each path one at a time, a particle, since it can be in two places at once, can take all paths simultaneously.
Quantum Entanglement: Two particles, no matter how far apart you separate them, will react based upon what happens to each other.
If you do something to one particle, the other particle knows about it and reacts to it, but only if the observers know about it.
The other particle has been shown to defy time.
Quantum Tunneling: Once connected by quantum entanglement, particles can move freely in between both superpositioned states, or essentially … universes.
This is often referred to as coherent evolution.
So in order to harness these quantum abilities, there is one catch … and one major side effect.
Temperature gets in the way … and dipping in between dimensions tends to delve into realms very few of us are truly ready to accept.
Understand, we see the particles at both points, just not what happens in between.
This is one of the reasons why Einstein dubbed this phenomenon “spooky action at a distance.”
An inter-dimensional interference point … a point where one could intervene, hypothetically.
So How Does D-Wave Make it Work?
The hotter the temperatures, the more movement a particle exhibits.
Therefore, they must operate at the coldest of temperatures possible, optimally, one billionth of a degree.
Or basically, as D-Wave likes to boast, one of the coldest places in the universe.
Bear in mind the computer inside this thing is a chip.
Essentially, D-Wave has figured out how to slow down particles to quantum world friendly temperatures, thus able to harness quantum traits to conduct computations.
These particles, in order to completely slow down, must also exist in a magnetic vacuum, much like how particle accelerators work.
So Why are the Intelligence, Government and Financial Industries so Heavily Invested?
The answer is simple: Big Data.
Everything you have ever done online, or what can be tracked in some sort of connected database, is accessible and quantifiable.
Information has truly become power.
What would happen if you were to combine Big Data with quantum computing?
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