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Quantum Computers, Artificial Intelligence and the Singularity

•, Geordie Rose
 Geordie discusses how he decided to become an entrepreneur building computers at the edge of science and technology; what the name D-wave stands for; what is a quantum computer; why fabrication technology is the greatest limiting factor towards commoditizing quantum computing; hardware specs and interesting details around Vesuvius - D-Wave's latest model, and the kinds of problems it can compute; Rose's Law as the quantum computer version of Moore's Law; how D-wave resolves the de-coherence/interference problem; the traditional von Neumann architecture behind classical computer design and why D-Wave had to move beyond it; Vesuvius' computational power as compared to similarly priced classical super-computers and the inherent difficulties in accurate bench-marking; Eric Ladizinski's qubit and the velodrome metaphor used to describe it; the skepticism among numerous scientists as to whether D-Wave really makes quantum computers or not; whether Geordie feels occasionally like Charles Babbage trying to build his difference engine; his prediction that quantum computers will help us create AI by 2029; whether the brain is more like a classical or quantum computer;

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