Quantum computing is now an engineering scaling problem and treating cancer will become like preventing cavities

Vijay Pande, a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz, sees a big shift in Quantum computing. For the last two decades, we had been trying to work out the fundamental science of quantum computing but a lot of the scientific advances are now done. It is now the time for engineering advances. The auestions about how we scale up chips, rather than how we build the fundamental devices themselves.

Pande led Rigetti Computing’s Series A round. The quantum computing company has raised nearly $70 million in venture funding. Rigetti has a full-stack operation where they create their own chips, they build their own computers, and they write their own software and applications.

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Applying machine learning to this brain-computer interface because the computer will have to understand and decode our thoughts.

Machine learning will accelerate innovation in leveraging the immune system to beat cancer. The cancer immunotherapy market is projected to reach $111.23 billion by 2021.

Diagnostics companies will use AI to create new tests that have much higher accuracy, much lower cost, and typically diagnose things much earlier.

Medicine will become like dentistry. Dentistry is a great example of doing things preventively. When you get an X-ray, for example, maybe you have a cavity and you just treat it. It’s not like you’re waiting until you’re 80 years old to finally see the dentist. I think in 10 years, we’ll have cancer tests such that you take them once or twice a year, find out you have early-stage cancer, take care of it early, and move on.