Quantum Bayesian Networks

July 30, 2019

Quantum Computing Patents for sale

Filed under: Uncategorized — rrtucci @ 11:53 am

I have 4 quantum computing patents to my name that I am looking to sell for cash. They are described here. If interested, contact me at rrtucci_at_gmail.com or at the email address given on the right margin of this blog. I am also available for consulting on quantum computing patents, about which I have intimate knowledge accrued over many years.

April 30, 2019

Leaving artiste-qb.net

Filed under: Uncategorized — rrtucci @ 3:06 am

After working for 5 years at artiste-qb.net, I am leaving that company for personal reasons. I am looking for a new job. I would prefer to have a job doing what I love, quantum computing software and algorithm development, but I am open to other kinds of job offers as well. I am proud to be the almost sole developer of Qubiter, Quantum Fog, and Entanglish, 3 insanely great open source software libraries available at github. I write software so that it will last forever 💍💍💎💎

Write software that will save the world, not eat it 🙃 You can’t save the world and eat it too🍕🌮🍧

Updated on Nov. 30, 2019

December 11, 2019

Quantum inspired software from Ford and Microsoft

Filed under: Uncategorized — rrtucci @ 9:32 am

Check out

Ford quantum computing experiment cuts traffic, commute times (CNET, Dec 10, 2019)

Excerpts

Quantum computers are highly experimental today, but Ford says it’s got evidence the radical new technology already shows promise for improving transportation. Through a partnership with Microsoft, it used “quantum-inspired” technology — though not an actual quantum computer — to test a traffic-routing algorithm that cut Seattle traffic by 73% and shortened commuting times by 8% in a simulation of 5,000 cars.

“We don’t have to wait until quantum computers are deployed on a wide scale to take advantage of the technology,” said Julie Love, the senior director leading Microsoft’s quantum computing business development. “Using world-class quantum algorithms customized for specific problems, we can bring measurable improvements and drive change that can impact people’s lives.”

So, Ford and Microsoft have cracked the thorny problem of doing quantum computing and achieving a quantum advantage using only a classical computer. And they were able to totally solve the notorious Seattle rush hour traffic problem (population of Seattle and environs is about 3.5 million) using an algorithm that can handle a maximum of 5000 cars out of 1/2 million cars at rush hour, and they achieved an unprecedented, astounding 8% reduction in commute time compared to a braindead strategy of no optimizations at all.

Our reporters were able to pierce the veil of corporate secrecy and obtain from a reliable mole within Microsoft, a picture of Microsoft’s quantum inspired quantum computer. Here is a never before released photo of that device. They seem to be imitating DWave’s boxy geometric shape.

ms_porta_potty

December 6, 2019

Is Amazon’s quantum cloud a nothing-burger?

Filed under: Uncategorized — rrtucci @ 7:24 am

nothingburge
4 days ago, I posted this news about the unveiling of Amazon’s quantum cloud “Braket”. Here is some analysis by me of possible future implications of that news.

I think how Amazon Braket ultimately affects qc users and other qc companies will very much depend on who is being affected, and on the quality and properties of the cloud service that Amazon ultimately ends up providing.

For example, if Amazon ends up providing a really good service for doing hybrid quantum-classical AI, there might be little incentive for users to visit the house cloud of companies that specialize in that sort of software like Xanadu or Rahko.

For the companies Rigetti and DWave that already have their own qc hardware and house clouds, I don’t think Amazon Braket will have much of an impact. I doubt it will generate new clients for them. At most, it will cause some of the clients that would have used their hardware anyway to access it in a different way—a less direct way, through an intermediate Amazon server.

Personally, I am ecstatic about the Amazon Braket news, because the Amazon quantum cloud stands a good chance of taking a lot of the clients away from the Microsoft quantum cloud, and I intensely dislike Microsoft, an evil, unethical company. I’m not particularly enamored with Amazon, but I am happy to see those two clobber each other.

I reported about this on Reddit

December 2, 2019

Braket, a new Amazon quantum cloud service, was unveiled today

Filed under: Uncategorized — rrtucci @ 9:08 pm

Check out

Braket, a new Amazon quantum cloud service, was unveiled today. Braket is an AWS image and a jupyter notebook hub, similar to the 3 year old Bayesforge on Amazon, but enhanced so that it provides more direct access to DWave, IonQ and Rigetti qc hardware. I’ve already added Amazon Braket to my ever growing List of Quantum Clouds.

November 23, 2019

List of Quantum Clouds

Filed under: Uncategorized — rrtucci @ 5:41 pm

qcloud
Clouds for doing quantum computing are becoming increasingly popular. Here is a list with links of those quantum clouds that already exist or are imminent. All are commercial but usually free for small jobs and open to the public. Most use open source qc software but some don’t and have opted to keep their software proprietary. In Alphabetical Order. Thumbs-up emoji indicates working qc hardware. I will update this list as new quantum clouds emerge.

  1. Alibaba-CAS (CAS=Chinese Academy of Sciences) (promised) 👍
  2. Amazon “Braket” 👍
  3. Alpine Quantum Technologies (promised)👍
  4. Bayesforge on Amazon. See also Bayesforge on Tencent
  5. DWave “Leap” (cloud service also via Amazon Braket) 👍
  6. Google (promised. Their quantum cloud will probably be closely linked to Google “Colab”)👍
  7. IBM “Quantum Experience”👍
  8. IonQ (promised, via Microsoft Azure Quantum and Amazon Braket)👍
  9. Microsoft “Azure Quantum” (promised)
  10. PsiQuantum (not yet promised but highly likely due to $230M funding)👍
  11. QCWare “Forge”
  12. QuTech “Quantum Inspire”
  13. Rahko “Hyrax”
  14. Rigetti “QCS”(cloud service also via Amazon Braket) 👍
  15. Strangeworks
  16. Xanadu AI (promised)
  17. Zapata “Orchestra”(promised)

footnote: I have definite opinions about the strengths and weaknesses of each of these quantum clouds which I will gladly share with you, but only by private channels because this topic is very controversial. I’ve worked on quantum computing for almost 2 decades, so my opinions on this subject are very well informed. Full disclosure: I used to work for Artiste-qb.net, the authors of Bayesforge, but I no longer do.

November 19, 2019

The Case Against Seth Lloyd

Filed under: Uncategorized — rrtucci @ 3:55 pm

Veritas Vincit (Truth Prevails)
https://thetech.com/2019/10/23/seth-lloyd-should-not-teach
https://thetech.com/2019/11/21/mitsaw-seth-lloyd
https://thetech.com/2019/12/05/seth-lloyd-continue-teaching-mit

NBC Television acquires a ‘Quantum Spy’

Filed under: Uncategorized — rrtucci @ 7:50 am

November 18, 2019

Can a quantum computer be used to beat a casino at games of chance?

Filed under: Uncategorized — rrtucci @ 10:28 pm

This question popped into my mind today after seeing an article on games that run on a quantum computer. Currently such games are quite unsophisticated and boring compared with a contemporary video game. But what if the qc is used to play an already existing game, akin to how Deep Blue was used to play chess against Garry Kasparov?

Quantum Spies for Hire

Filed under: Uncategorized — rrtucci @ 6:49 pm

Detective spying through newspaper

High paying jobs now open.

We are now hiring industrial spies with expertise in the area of quantum computing. Applicants must have at least a Bachelor’s degree in physics or computer science and be proficient at computer hacking. They must also be willing to relocate to the SF-Bay Area. Alternatively, if the applicant already works for a quantum computing company in the SF-Bay Area, that makes him/her qualified enough to apply for this job.

We have very affluent international clients with interest in acquiring intelligence about the activities, plans, and proprietary technology of certain quantum computing companies. Intelligence acquisition will be in person and via hacking of their intranets. No guns or poisons allowed.

CIA: This post is a joke.

JOB APPLICANT: To contact us, post a for-sale adv in the San Francisco Craig’s list for a Toyota Corolla car of the year 2006. We will reply.

November 17, 2019

PsiQuantum has raised $230 million in funding since it was founded 3 years ago

Filed under: Uncategorized — rrtucci @ 12:57 am

Check out
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2019/11/16/bristol-professors-secretive-quantum-computing-start-up-raises/amp/?

excerpt:

A secretive US start-up founded ­using technology developed at the University of Bristol has raised $230m (£179m) as it seeks to beat Google and IBM in the race to develop a working quantum computer.

PsiQuantum, founded by former Bristol professor Jeremy O’Brien, has secured the funds from investors ­including a venture capital fund started by former Google executive Andy ­Rubin.

November 16, 2019

Looking for hidden messages from God, in quantum entanglement :)

Filed under: Uncategorized — rrtucci @ 7:26 pm

You’ve probably heard of lunatics looking in the Bible for hidden apocalyptic messages from God. Or looking for Bible verses hidden in strands of DNA. But have you heard of anyone looking for hidden messages from God, encoded in a graph that represents the quantum entanglement of a density matrix? Well now you have…me. Is there method to my madness? You be the judge.

Carson McCullers, author of the novel “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter” once told a journalist: “Writing, for me, is a search for God”. This sentiment sounds familiar to many artists. Ditto for many scientists like me, who approach scientific research as an artistic endeavor.

My software Entanglish, available at GitHub, allows you to calculate various types of entanglement Ent(t) for any density matrix \rho(t) that depends on a parameter t. One can look for phase transitions which produce sharp turns or jumps in the “order parameter” Ent(t) as t goes through special values. Lots of people have already observed phase transitions in entanglement. For example, one such transition has been discovered by the Horodecki family as a density matrix goes from zero to nonzero “bound entanglement”.

So, the question arises, can we represent \rho(t) as an animation with t equal to time, so that we get from that animation some visual indication of when a phase transition occurs. The preferred way to represent a 2 dimensional density matrix is on the Bloch sphere. For density matrices of higher dimensions than 2, there are no representations as popular as the Bloch sphere. One possible representation is to plot what is called in Python a quiver diagram, wherein each entry of the density matrix is represented by a phasor. For example, the density matrix

dm

can be represented by the quiver diagram

quiver

This reminds me of quiver diagrams that are used to represent the Kosterlitz-Thouless phase transition
kosterlitz-thouless

If passage of Ent(t) through a phase transition produced some kind of visual indication in the quiver diagram of \rho(t) (or some other type of diagram that YOU, my reader, invented), wouldn’t that be cool? It would be tantamount to receiving a message from God, in a manner of speaking.

November 14, 2019

Microsoft is advertising a “quantum inspired” algorithm that cures cancer and probably the gout too

Filed under: Uncategorized — rrtucci @ 7:17 am

I started this Reddit thread. Didn’t get much enlightening feedback on it but so what. Veritas Vincit (Truth Prevails) in the end. Of course, it sometimes takes a few hundred years before that happens☹️😊😛

November 12, 2019

Translation from Jupyter notebook to wordpress.com admissible html

Filed under: Uncategorized — rrtucci @ 10:46 pm

This looks like an excellent tool for converting a jupyter notebook into a wordpress.com blog post. I haven’t tried it yet, but I plan to do so in the future. Please give the author a star at its github repo to show him your appreciation.

https://github.com/bennylp/nb2wp

November 9, 2019

JEDI contract awarded to the Dark Side of The Force (Microsoft)

Filed under: Uncategorized — rrtucci @ 3:29 am

Check out

https://www.geekwire.com/2019/jedi-explaining-10b-military-cloud-contract-microsoft-just-won-amazon/

A $10B Department of Defense (DoD) contract called JEDI has been awarded to Microsoft. The mission of the contract is to overhaul all the currently existing clouds of the different branches of the military, the entire DoD IT infrastructure, both classified and unclassified, and replace it all with… Microsoft products. Okey Dokey.

President Trump, who has been openly critical of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, allegedly directed his then Defense Secretary and former general James Mattis, to “screw Amazon” out of the contract. So Amazon didn’t get even a tiny sliver of this pie.

I think that this contract should be withheld from Microsoft and out-sourced instead to the various university supervised national laboratories or NASA. Awarding it to a single private company, be it Microsoft or Amazon, is folly, and awarding it to Microsoft, is the worse of all possible choices.

Why do I say this? Because I despise Microsoft software and lack of ethics.

Let me tell you a story. I find Windows 10 to be the apex of ugliness. Besides, 99.9% of software developers use Unix. So I recently tried to make my Windows 10 computer dual bootable, Windows and Ubuntu. To my chagrin, I found it impossible because MS has built in all these “safety features” to prevent you from installing a dual boot. This is an example of a typical Microsoft tactic: prevent you from using anyone else’s products.

Certain MS employees have also treated me very unethically in my quantum computing work.

The awarding of JEDI exclusively to MS probably means that all Defense related computers will run Windows 10, Office, Internet Explorer, Bing, Microsoft personal accounts for email and cloud storage, Xbox, Azure, LinkedIn, Skype, GitHub, Q#, etc. or successors thereof, to the partial or total exclusion of every other non-MS software, for the rest of our lives. Like, don’t they control enough software already without giving them control over all the DoD software too? Used to be that our government broke up monopolies. Now it’s in the business of growing them.

I foresee that in the future, MS will make it very difficult to run non-MS software on all Defense related computers, including quantum computers. All quantum computers (and classical computers directing them) with the slightest tie to a Defense contract will be obligated to support Microsoft’s Q# software; they may not be obligated to support it exclusively at first, but Microsoft will slowly and insidiously make using anything other than Q# very inconvenient, de facto exclusivity.

November 8, 2019

Microsoft’s new approach to quantum computing is “very close,” an executive says.

Filed under: Uncategorized — rrtucci @ 8:54 pm

The title of this blog post is a direct quote from a recent Cnet article. I used the same title and a link to the Cnet article to initiate a thread on Reddit. See below. The executive being quoted is Krysta Svore, who has behaved very unethically towards me in the past. I got some very interesting, technically savvy responses on this Reddit thread that seem to contradict Krysta’s “very close” assessment.

November 7, 2019

The Death Star caves in and makes a visual Q# called Bono (bono means evil in this case, take my word for it :))

Filed under: Uncategorized — rrtucci @ 6:42 pm

Since its inception, Microsoft developers have refused adamantly to provide Q# users with a visual representation of a quantum circuit, even openly bragging about this as a desirable feature of their language. Why forgo something so nice, helpful and competely general? Hard to fathom, maybe they are sadists, or purists, or pedants, or not too bright, … But now there are signs that they have caved in.

https://github.com/microsoft/bono

Bono is certainly an improvement to Q#, but Q# is still a needlessly forbidding and convoluted language with a much steeper learning curve than the much friendlier and simpler python based Qiskit, PyQuil, Cirq and Qubiter (the best wine for last, as in the Bible).

IBM Qiskit draws quantum circuits using python’s matplotlib library. Rigetti Pyquil draws them using the javascript app Quantum Programming Studio. Google Cirq draws them using the javascript app Quirk.

Qubiter draws quantum circuits in plain ASCII (super portable and easy to edit), with time pointing downward instead of to the right like everyone else. This choice of time direction is very convenient. It allows Qubiter to produce two files, one file (Picture File) with the ascii drawing, and another file (English file) specifying the circuit in qasm, gate by gate. These 2 files are in 1 to 1 line correspondence and synchronized.

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