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Sunday, October 07, 2018

Quantum Computing Workplace

Technology continues to generate new jobs. The prime question remains application to real world problems. No doubt that such systems are being built.  A bit like when we saw neural networks become available in the 90s, and few uses were there.

U.S. Takes First Step Toward a Quantum Computing Workforce

MIT Technology Review    By Will Knight

In an effort to make the quantum computing industry more viable, the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed legislation that would establish a federal program to advance research and training in quantum computing. Drafted with help from University of Maryland quantum physicist Christopher Monroe, the bill will release $1.275 billion in funding for centers of excellence that will train quantum engineers. To develop quantum computers that can handle real-world problems, Monroe says the U.S. needs engineers who understand quantum physics and the principles of computer engineering. Monroe says it is challenging for companies to find engineers to develop scalable systems, pointing to IonQ, the quantum computing startup that he co-founded. In the next five years, quantum computers will run calculations that could never have worked with conventional hardware, according to Monroe. However, these early systems will only be capable of certain types of computation, and determining how to use quantum systems will fall to quantum software engineers. Monroe says, "When we build them, they will be useful for something.".... "

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