Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) announced that will start to design and build new quantum information processors based on superconducting electronics as part of its hardware initiative.
The search engine giant said John Martinis and his team at University of California (UC) Santa Barbara will join its new initiative. Martinis and his team made great developments in building superconducting quantum electronics with very high reliability, according to Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL).
Martinis pioneered the advances in quantum control and information processing. His research initiatives were focused on building a quantum computer using superconducting qubits since 2002.
In April, this year, he received the 2014 Fritz London Memorial Prize, which recognizes outstanding experimental and theoretical contributions to low-temperature physics also known as cryogenics. The award is given every three years.
In 2010, Martinis also received the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Breakthrough of the Year Award along with Andrew Cleland for their work showing quantum behavior of a mechanical oscillator.
According to Hartmut Neven, director of engineering at Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL), the company’s Quantum Artificial Intelligence (AI) team together with an integrated hardware group “will now be able to implement and test new designs for quantum optimization and inference processors based on recent theoretical insights” as well as their” learnings from the D-Wave quantum annealing architecture.”
He added that they will continue to collaborate with D-Wave scientists and to experiment with the “Vesuvius” machine at NASA Ames which will be upgraded to a 1000 qubit “Washington” processor.
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) acquired DeepMind Technologies, an artificial intelligence startup based in London. The search engine giant’s CEO Larry Page led the acquisition as the company aims to gain business advantage in deep learning.
The search engine giant established its Artificial Intelligence Lab to “build better models of the world to make more accurate predictions.” Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) collaborated with NASA, D Wave Systems and the Universities Space Research Association (USRA).