Quantum Bayesian Networks

September 21, 2014

Martinis’ Dog Ain’t Barking, He Ain’t Spilling the Beans

Filed under: Uncategorized — rrtucci @ 2:42 pm

The recent (Sept. 2) news about plans for a Martinis/Google quantum computer has left me thoroughly perplexed. And I’m not the only one, as evinced by comments in Scott’s and Henning’s blogs.

So I thought I’d get some inside information by approaching the mascot of Martinis’ group, a perky Pomeranian called Qubit. I sent Qubit the following email, via his master, John Martinis.

From: "Robert R. Tucci"
To: "John Martinis"
Subject: question for pooch Qubit
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:45:28 -0700

Dear Prof. Martinis, I'm crazy about dogs and I would like to interview Qubit.
Could you please ask him:

Will Master Martinis work in the next 5 years on BOTH, his old gate model machine and the Google annealer with surface-code error correction, or will Master stop work on the gate model machine?
One bark if only one machine, two barks if two machines.

No reply so far.

He could have won a fine piece of chicken or a package of MilkBones or a new ball to fetch, by granting this interview. But the darn dog ain’t budging. He ain’t barking. He ain’t spilling the bean chow. He has chosen to remain true and loyal to his Master.



  1. Hello Bob: Isn’t clear from this article in IEEE Spectrum that Prof. Martinis intends to design a chip for “Quantum Annealer”? The only question I have is this: Is he also going to build his own hardware(which would take a LONG time), or is he going to utilize D-Wave’s machine and try to embed his newly-minted chip in it and see if he gets any speed-up or other improvements over D-Wave’s own chip? I, like you and many others, am confused! Thanks and have a good day.


    Comment by Sol Warda — September 21, 2014 @ 3:39 pm

  2. Hi Sol, I think there is no question from the recent Martinis quotes that Martinis plans to build a quantum annealer chip for Google. But, as it does for you, that raises dozens of questions in my mind. Like, why doesn’t Pixar make available to me the dog2human translators that they used to film the movie “Up”, so I can interview Qubit properly? I would also like to know, is Martinis going to remain monogamous, divorcing Miss Gates and marrying Miss Annealie, or his he going to become a QC bigamist?

    Comment by rrtucci — September 21, 2014 @ 4:10 pm

  3. Hi Bob: Here is a lot of hype from a couple of folks at D-Wave. We shall see if they will “make history soon” in CS as they claim: http://recode.net/2014/09/25/d-wave-ceo-our-next-quantum-processor-will-make-computer-science-history-video/

    Comment by Sol Warda — September 25, 2014 @ 9:53 pm

  4. Thanks Sol.
    What I found interesting about that article is that Martinis wants the surface-code error correction and D-Wave is pooh-poohing it. It doesn’t look like D-Wave and Martinis are going to merge their work forces and objectives.

    Comment by rrtucci — September 25, 2014 @ 10:20 pm

  5. is what it? I don’t follow your meaning, Angel. That article is about an Oxford U. group trying to build a photonic QC. Martinis is a squid man (as in superconductive squids)

    Comment by rrtucci — September 29, 2014 @ 1:36 pm

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