hi all, its been a very busy year for QM computing and it seems as if an inflection point has been reached. **google/ IBM** are announcing designs with more than **50 qubits.[b]** **intel** is getting into the game. there is a lot of recent innovation going on with **qubits in silicon**, a trend spotted here previously.**[a2]** **simulation** is a very big topic, there are two types: simulating QC calculations on a conventional computer, and using QC computers to simulate physics problems such as atomic or molecular interactions.**[a4]** as far as “combine trendy buzzwords” its sometimes **AI + ML + QC**.**[a3]** this seems to me to be “jumping the gun” because our QCs are not even that powerful yet, but its reasonable to explore more abstractly.

another hot topic is **“quantum supremacy”** the idea that QC computing can be demonstrated in some sense to be “faster” than conventional computing on “some/ any problem”.**[c]** that problem is now being defined a bit circularly by google et al as “quantum calculations” but nevertheless results are that supremacy by that metric is real at around 50 qubits in the sense that these calculations are out-of-reach of conventional machines. (the scientists among us know in complexity theory nothing is described in terms of constant threshholds, in fact they are rejected as meaningless, but theres always been a lot of handwaving in this field!)

another huge event was the launching of **stackexchange quantum computing site** which seems to be healthy so far and its sponsorship by the new unusual startup **strangeworks**.**[f]** another very big deal/ gamechanger/ milestone is that the **US congress** is discussing some QC related funding/ development legislation/ bills.**[g]**

almost 2 decades ago some of the 1st popsci books came out on quantum computing. a few of us read those. its energizing/ enthralling/ inspiring/ exciting that a “relatively short time” later today its now a worldwide reality being pursued by top corporations/ even leading govt research programs. the wild/ starry-eyed early promise has not yet materialized; a general purpose machine stills seems off in the distance, and its not yet clear a QM computer will have the same revolutionary economic impact as the **integrated circuit/ microprocessor**, but the technology is advancing steadily now and looks like it will have a permanent niche *somewhere.* as the old expr goes its gone from *glimmer in the eye* to something *real* and thats *really* something to celebrate.

**a. advances****a2. silicon****a3. ML + AI****a4. simulation****a5. papers****b. machines****c. supremacy****d. initiatives****e. shift/ pushback/ fallout****f. strangeworks****g. bills****h. leaders****i. overview**

**a. advances**

- 1. Light could make semiconductor computers a million times faster or even go quantum
- 2. Quantum Mechanics Creates a Totally Random Number Generator | WIRED
- 3. A single photon reveals quantum entanglement of 16 million atoms
- 4. Intel just challenged IBM for the future of quantum computing – Business Insider
- 5. University of Tokyo pair invent loop-based quantum computing technique | The Japan Times
- 6. Innovative control system paves the way for large scale universal quantum computing — ScienceDaily
- 7. Quantum communications bend to our needs: By changing the wavelengths of entangled photons to those used in telecommunications, researchers see quantum technology take a major leap forward — ScienceDaily
- 8. Physicists set new record with 10-qubit entanglement
- 9. Single-photon emitter has promise for quantum info-processing
- 10. Experimental method measures robustness of quantum coherence
- 11. Developing quantum algorithms for optimization problems
- 12. New method could enable more stable and scalable quantum computing, physicists report
- 13. WA and Bristol researchers make quantum computing breakthrough – CIO
- 14. Cost effective quantum moves a step closer — ScienceDaily
- 15. Braiding may be key to using time crystals in quantum computing
- 16. Topological superconductor phase may solve decoherence problem in quantum computers
- 17. Multidimensional quantum entanglement with large-scale integrated optics | Science
- 18. Seeing is believing: Precision atom qubits achieve major quantum computing milestone — ScienceDaily
- 19. Microsoft Creates Wild Half-Electron Quasiparticle for Its Future Quantum Computer
- 20. Researchers developing materials for quantum computing
- 21. These Perfectly Imperfect Diamonds Are Built for Quantum Physics | WIRED
- 22. How ‘Anyon’ Particles Emerge From Quantum Knots | Quanta Magazine
- 23. Physicists just invented an essential component needed for quantum computers
- 24. Cloud quantum computing calculates nuclear binding energy – physicsworld.com
- 25. A Spooky Quantum Experiment Creates What May Be the Most Entangled Controllable Device Yet
- 26. Physicists propose football-pitch-sized quantum computer : Nature News & Comment
- 27. Quantum Computing Is Going to Change the World. Here’s What This Means for You.
- 28. New qubit now works without breaks | EurekAlert! Science News
- 29. New speed record for trapped-ion ‘building blocks’ of quantum computers
- 30. IBM Makes Breakthrough in Race to Commercialize Quantum Computers – Bloomberg
- 31. Quantum machine goes in search of the Higgs boson : Nature News & Comment
- 32. Photons and phonons combine for quantum solution | Cosmos
- 33. Quantum Advantage | The Quantum Pontiff
- 34. This New Proof of Majorana Fermions Is Going to Be Massive For Quantum Devices – ScienceAlert
- 35. The first Delft qubit – Bits of Quantum
- 36. Developing reliable quantum computers — ScienceDaily

**a2. silicon**

- 1. Intel Bets It Can Turn Everyday Silicon into Quantum Computing’s Wonder Material – MIT Technology Review
- 2. New silicon structure opens the gate to quantum computers
- 3. Breakthrough to wafer scale quantum processors using silicon isotope and eventually trillions of qubits | NextBigFuture.com
- 4. Quantum computers go silicon | Science News
- 5. Old-fashioned silicon might be the key to building ubiquitous quantum computers – MIT Technology Review
- 6. Silicon Chips See Major Quantum Computer Advance, Say Researchers | Inverse
- 7. Intel’s Quantum Computing Research Melds Old-school Silicon With Latest Quantum Tech | Digital Trends

**a3. ML + AI**

- 1. Quantum machine learning — ScienceDaily
- 2. Job One for Quantum Computers: Boost Artificial Intelligence | Quanta Magazine
- 3. Quantum algorithm could help AI think faster
- 4. Quantum Computers May Be More Of An Imminent Threat Than AI
- 5. Aye Aye, AI: Exploring Quantum Computing – DZone AI
- 6. Physics boosts artificial intelligence methods — ScienceDaily
- 7. How Quantum Computers Will Revolutionize Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning And Big Data

**a4. simulation**

- 1. IBM Simulates a 56-Qubit Machine – IEEE Spectrum
- 2. System for performing ‘tensor algebra’ offers 100-fold speedups over previous software packages
- 3. Record-breaking 45-qubit quantum computing simulation run at NERSC
- 4. Quantum simulator offers faster route for prime factorization
- 5. Quantum Computing: Breaking Through the 49 Qubit Simulation Barrier
- 6. Physics – Viewpoint: Quantum Computer Simulates Excited States of Molecule
- 7. New algorithm for simulating the structure of quantum systems on a quantum photonic chip
- 8. Quantum computing—breaking through the 49 qubit simulation barrier
- 9. A Quantum Boost for a Different Kind of Computer – MIT Technology Review
- 10. Nuclear physicists leap into quantum computing with first simulations of atomic nucleus
- 11. Melbourne uni team claim 60 qubit quantum computing simulation world record – CIO
- 12. Clarifiying complex chemical processes with quantum computers
- 13. How to measure a molecule’s energy using a quantum computer – IBM Blog Research

**a5. papers**

- 1. Physics – Synopsis: Quantum Annealers Limited by Temperature
- 2. [1804.02733] Quantum Annealing for Prime Factorization
- 3. [1311.4688] Evolutionary Design in Biological Quantum Computing
- 4. [1204.2137] Hybrid quantum circuits: Superconducting circuits interacting with other quantum systems
- 5. ECCC – TR17-164 Shadow Tomography of Quantum / aaronson

**b. machines**

- 1. Russians Lead the Quantum Computer Race With 51-Qubit Machine
- 2. IBM Just Made a 17 Qubit Quantum Processor, Its Most Powerful One Yet – Motherboard
- 3. Intel Delivers 17-Qubit Superconducting Chip with Advanced Packaging to QuTech | Intel Newsroom
- 4. Chinese Paper Demonstrates World’s First 18-Qubit Entanglement With Photon
- 5. Quantum Inside: Intel Manufactures an Exotic New Chip – MIT Technology Review
- 6. Quantum computers, build it and they will come, possibly | afr.com
- 7. IBM unveils its most powerful quantum processor yet
- 8. Practical Quantum Computers: 10 Breakthrough Technologies 2017 – MIT Technology Review
- 9. Quantum wave | ASCR Discovery
- 10. IBM Raises the Bar with a 50-Qubit Quantum Computer – MIT Technology Review
- 11. A new kind of quantum computer
- 12. Yale Professors Race Google and IBM to the First Quantum Computer – The New York Times
- 13. BREAKING: Engineers just unveiled the first-ever design of a complete quantum computer chip
- 14. Complete design of a silicon quantum computer chip unveiled | UNSW Newsroom
- 15. New Quantum-Computer Design Could Lead to Practical Hardware
- 16. The Sounds of IBM: IBM Q – YouTube
- 17. This is what a 50-qubit quantum computer looks like
- 18. Quantum computers ready to leap out of the lab in 2017 : Nature News & Comment
- 19. Google Unveils Largest Quantum Computer Yet, but So What?
- 20. Google Unveils 72-Qubit Quantum Computer With Low Error Rates
- 21. Research Blog: A Preview of Bristlecone, Google’s New Quantum Processor
- 22. Quantum Computing Gets Ready for its First Real Applications | PCMag.com
- 23. New Silicon Chip-Based Quantum Computer Passes Major Test
- 24. Wrangling record qubit numbers | Cosmos
- 25. Photos inside a quantum computer | Popular Science
- 26. An Entirely New Type of Quantum Computing Has Just Been Invented
- 27. First quantum computers need smart software : Nature News & Comment

**c. supremacy**

- 1. A blueprint for demonstrating quantum supremacy with superconducting qubits | Science
- 2. Research Blog: The Question of Quantum Supremacy
- 3. Revealed: Google’s plan for quantum computer supremacy | New Scientist
- 4. Google’s New Chip Is a Stepping Stone to Quantum Computing Supremacy – MIT Technology Review
- 5. Google Reveals Blueprint for Quantum Supremacy – MIT Technology Review
- 6. Quantum Supremacy Is Only Months Away, Says Google Team
- 7. Finally, a Problem That Only Quantum Computers Will Ever Be Able to Solve | Quanta Magazine
- 8. Race for quantum supremacy hits theoretical quagmire : Nature News & Comment
- 9. Quantum Computers Bust Problem Conventional Computers Can’t Solve
- 10. Race for quantum supremacy hits theoretical quagmire : Nature News & Comment
- 11. The promise of quantum computing supremacy is bunk
- 12. Quantum Computers Struggle Against Classical Algorithms | Quanta Magazine
- 13. [1709.06678] A blueprint for demonstrating quantum supremacy with superconducting qubits
- 14. Complexity, fidelity, application: Researchers outline plan for quantum supremacy

**d. initiatives**

- 1. Introducing Australia’s first quantum computing hardware company – Computerworld
- 2. IBM backs Australian startup to boost quantum computing network – Create News
- 3. China is opening a new quantum research supercenter | Popular Science
- 4. The Tiny Startup Racing Google to Build a Quantum Computing Chip – MIT Technology Review
- 5. Microsoft’s Nadella Wants to Help Coders Take a Quantum Leap | WIRED
- 6. Microsoft’s new coding language is made for quantum computers
- 7. IBM Taps Samsung, JPMorgan, Daimler in Quantum Computing Push – Bloomberg
- 8. Samsung, Daimler, Honda paying to use IBM quantum computers – CNET
- 9. IBM Is Teaming Up With a Bunch of Quantum Computing Startups
- 10. Alibaba Cloud steps up its game as it offers quantum computing service | South China Morning Post
- 11. After Alibaba, Baidu leaps into quantum computing · TechNode
- 12. Commercialize quantum technologies in five years : Nature News & Comment
- 13. The worldwide race against China to build a quantum economy – Axios
- 14. Inside Microsoft’s quest for a topological quantum computer : Nature News & Comment
- 15. Microsoft gambles on a quantum leap in computing – BBC News
- 16. IBM is doing something with quantum computing that’s never been done before – BGR

**e. shift/ pushback/ fallout**

- 1. Nobody knows how far off useful quantum computers are: Here’s why
- 2. How quantum computing could wreak havoc on cryptocurrency
- 3. What Quantum Computing Isn’t | Scott Aaronson | TEDxDresden – YouTube
- 4. The future is quantum – IBM Blog Research
- 5. Quantum Computing Is the Next Big Security Risk | WIRED
- 6. The different forms of quantum computing skepticism | Windows On Theory
- 7. The Quantum Computer Puzzle Gil Kalai/ Notices AMS
- 8. The quantum computing apocalypse is imminent | TechCrunch
- 9. The Era of Quantum Computing Is Here. Outlook: Cloudy | Quanta Magazine
- 10. We’ve Entered a New Era of Quantum Computing
- 11. Gil Kalai’s Argument Against Quantum Computers | Quanta Magazine
- 12. The Quantum Computer Puzzle Gil Kalai Communicated by Joel Hass
- 13. Quantum computers may be more of an imminent threat than AI – The Washington Post
- 14. ‘The dark side’ of quantum computers — ScienceDaily

**f. strangeworks**

- 1. Sponsorship Pilot — Bringing resources BACK to Stack Exchange – Meta Stack Exchange
- 2. Proof Gets All Quantum With whurley and Strangeworks
- 3. Tarot Card Meanings Flashcards | Quizlet
- 4. Strangeworks raises $4 million to prepare developers for quantum computing revolution | VentureBeat
- 5. Quantum Computing Site Launches with the Help of Strangeworks – Stack Overflow Blog

**g. bills**

- 1. US politicians call for a national quantum-computing strategy – Physics World
- 2. Two Quantum Computing Bills Are Coming to Congress
- 3. Two Quantum Computing Bills Are Coming To US Congress | Gizmodo Australia
- 4. Subcommittee on Research & Technology and Subcommittee on Energy Hearing – American Leadership in Quantum Technology | Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

**h. leaders**

- 1. Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau expertly explains quantum computing in viral video
- 2. Q&A With Israel’s Quantum Queen
- 3. John Preskill on Quantum Computing

**i. overview**

- 1. Google’s Quantum Computing Party Is as Fancy as Physics Gets | WIRED
- 2. This Game Teaches You How to Build a Quantum Computer – Motherboard
- 3. Q2B: Quantum Computing for Business
- 4. Making a quantum computer smile – Dr James Wootton – Medium
- 5. Black Hole Computers – Scientific American
- 6. Quantum Algorithm Zoo
- 7. What Is Quantum Internet? | WIRED
- 8. Quantum computing and encryption