Google GOOG Stock News: Artificial Super Computer Now on Google’s Radar

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Google Inc (NASDAQ GOOG) is expanding its technological footprint beyond search, robotics, automated cars and drones by developing a super-fast quantum computer chip used in artificial intelligence. Move could expand the company’s dominance in the world of computing, touching a variety of business lines and creating a business category of its own.

The Mountain View-based firm announced it was adding University of California, Santa Barbara researcher John Martins and his staff to the Quantum Artificial Intelligence team at Google. Martins is world renowned for his work in artificial intelligence, having been a London Prize “pioneering advances in quantum control and quantum information processing,” according to a Google blog post.

The goal of the research venture is to build a method for a computer to process information at speeds far faster than is available today. With this speed, artificial intelligence application will be able to solve problems much quicker than previously.

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“With an integrated hardware group the Quantum AI team will now be able to implement and test new designs for quantum optimization and inference processors based on recent theoretical insights as well as our learnings from the D-Wave quantum annealing architecture,” Hartmut Neven, Director of Engineering at Google, said in a blog post. “We will continue to collaborate with D-Wave scientists and to experiment with the “Vesuvius” machine at NASA Ames,” he said, highlighting two applicable projects.

The new team will be headquartered out of Google’s Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab, which is a collaborative effort between Google, NASA Ames Research Center and the Universities of Space Research Associatoin (USRA), a ZDNet report noted. Martins will remain an employee of the University of California, Santa Barbara and Google, and his team will still work teach UCSB students and work in the lab.

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The core technology advancement is to use what are known as “qubits” to operate with binary data and sub-atomic particles to improve the speed and ultimate power of the computer.

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