Quantum Computer Company IonQ Goes Public at $2 Billion

Peter Chapman, CEO and president at IonQ, discusses IonQ going public via a special purpose acquisition company deal with dMY Technology Group. IonQ will have a market capitalization of $2 billion. Chapman believes quantum computing will become mainstream and real-life issues it can solve. Quantum computing is very good at optimization problems with a cost …

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IonQ Path to Thousands of Qubits and Quantum Supremacy

Quantum Supremacy is defined as the point when quantum computers become faster than regular computers. Quantum computers can become thousands of times more powerful when the number of qubits are doubled. In December, 2018, IonQ announced at the Q2B conference that they had loaded trapped ion systems with 79 qubits for processing and 160 qubits …

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Progress Towards Using Quantum Computers for Solving Quantum Chemistry and Machine Learning

IonQ used its trapped-ion computer and a scalable co-design framework for solving chemistry problems. They applied it to compute the ground-state energy of the water molecule. The robust operation of the trapped ion quantum computer yields energy estimates with errors approaching the chemical accuracy, which is the target threshold necessary for predicting the rates of …

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Lower lifecycle costs for nuclear power than fossil fuel and lower radiation under normal operation

When costs are levelized across the lifecycle, nuclear is one of the most cost-effective methods of power generation. Indeed, OECD research shows that nuclear is the lowest levelized cost option for power generation for all OECD countries under certain capital cost projections. Regional differences in the cost of capital for nuclear projects mean that while …

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Data Analytics for Accurate Genomic Predictions can accelerate plant breeding by turbocharging gene banks

A new study led by an Iowa State University agronomist may help scientists sift through vast amounts of plant seeds stored in gene bank facilities across the globe to identify those useful to plant breeders attempting to produce better varieties. The effort represents a proof-of-concept experiment that may help plant scientists separate the wheat from …

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John Wick likely to become a series of movies

The John Wick Chapter Two synopsis: Keanu Reeves returns in the sequel to the 2014 hit as legendary hitman John Wick who is forced to back out of retirement by a former associate plotting to seize control of a shadowy international assassins’ guild. Bound by a blood oath to help him, John travels to Rome …

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IBM’s resistive computing could accelerate Artificial Intelligence by 5000 times over Nvidia GPUs

IBM making progress with resistive computing. the idea for resistive computing is to have compute units that are analog in nature, small in substance, and can retain their history so they can learn during the training process. Accelerating neural networks with hardware isn’t new to IBM. It recently announced the sale of some of its …

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US National Intelligence classified Genome editing as a weapon of mass destruction

Genome editing is a weapon of mass destruction. That’s according to James Clapper, U.S. director of national intelligence, who on Tuesday, in the annual worldwide threat assessment report of the U.S. intelligence community, added gene editing to a list of threats posed by “weapons of mass destruction and proliferation.” Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US …

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EMC2 Chief Scientist presents A Path to Electrostatic Nuclear Fusion

As previously noted EMC2 Fusion would need at least $100 million in funding and seven years to get to a breakeven nuclear fusion device. The high-pressure confinement, also known as high-beta confinement, is what’s described in the ArXiv paper. One of the keys to solving that problem was to redesign the Wiffle-Ball to do away …

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