IBM announced the first twelve clients to explore the potential of quantum computing. Daimler AG, Samsung, Honda and Oxford University to name a few, joined the IBM Q, the industry-first initiative to build commercially available universal quantum computers for business and science.
The 12 initial companies will join the IBM Q Network, a get-together of leading Fortune 500 companies, academic institutions and research labs aiming at advancing quantum computing but also creating an ecosystem based on IBM’s open-sourced quantum software and developer tools. “Working closely with our clients, together we can begin to explore the ways big and small quantum computing can address previously unsolvable problems applicable to industries such as financial services, automotive or chemistry. There will be a shared focus on discovering areas of quantum advantage that may lead to commercial, intellectual and societal benefit in the future.” said Dario Gil, vice president of AI and IBM Q, IBM Research.
Exploring Quantum Applications for Industry
Daimler AG will work with IBM to advance the potential use cases of quantum computing for the automotive and transportation industry. Some areas of research include finding and developing new materials for automotive application through quantum chemistry, complex optimization problems such as for manufacturing processes or vehicle routing for fleet logistics or autonomous/self-driving cars, and the intersection of quantum and machine learning to enhance the capabilities of artificial intelligence. “We believe that quantum computing could be a crucial element in creating sustainable and highly efficient mobility.” said Ola Källenius, member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Group Research & Mercedes-Benz Cars Development.
Growing a Quantum Ecosystem
One of the core principles of the IBM Q Experience is to enable high quality academic research. Registered academic users can leverage the IBM Q Experience for a deeper research collaboration. Users have registered from over 1500 universities, 300 high schools, and 300 private institutions worldwide, many of whom are accessing the IBM Q Experience as part of their formal education. The IBM Q Experience will also play a key role in an initiative IBM is undertaking with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. IBM will support MIT in producing a comprehensive curriculum for executives, engineers, scientists and researchers to understand and leverage the upcoming quantum computing revolution.