Google’s Tough Search: A Quantum Leap in Computing Power

Google showed off its work on D-Wave’s 2X quantum annealer computer at NASA’s Ames Research Center on Dec. 8, 2015. Alistair Barr for The Wall Street Journal A computer that’s millions of times faster than the most powerful machine available today could improve everything from climate and disease research to understanding the contents of every YouTube video. That’s the promise of another ambitious, long-term Google project that the Internet giant opened up about this week. Like other so-called moonshots, this one could take a decade or more to produce anything of tangible value, according to experts in the field. But Google, a division of Alphabet Inc., is hopeful. “We think this kind of investment in fundamental research in computing is very, very important,” said John Giannandrea, who leads Google’s artificial-intelligence…

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