Quantum Bayesian Networks

September 24, 2018

In Love with “How I Built This” (Radio Show)

Filed under: Uncategorized — rrtucci @ 5:48 pm

The level and type of education that I have is a Ph.D. in theoretical physics. There have been many documentary style TV and radio shows that I believe have contributed in important ways to shaping the scientific part of my brain. I leave the task of listing and introducing some of those outstanding scientific shows to another time and blog post.

Compared with my knowledge of science, my knowledge of finance and business is substantially smaller and more recent. Shaping the business part of my brain is an endeavor which began in earnest only recently, about 4 years ago, when Henning Dekant and I launched the quantum computing software startup Artiste-qb.net. Recently, I have fallen in love with a radio show about business, on NPR (American National Public Radio), called “How I Built This, with Guy Raz”. This radio show is definitely shaping my business mind already. I highly recommend it to all my friends and the 2 or 3 stray cats that read this blog. All shows are nicely archived as pod casts. Each show interviews the founders of a company that became highly successful. The founders are asked to recount the saga of growing their company from nothing to a multi-billion dollar juggernaut. For example, some shows have interviewed the founders of Airbnb, Stripe, Honest Tea, Dyson vacuum cleaners, etc. I have found most of these founders to have fascinating and charming personalities. Their business creation stories are often quite riveting, full of cliff hangers. Also, I find very helpful their first-hand, hard-earned opinions and advice on possible pitfalls to creating a business.

After listening to the following episode, one of my all time favorite episodes of “How I Built This”, I added a new hero to my personal pantheon, James Dyson, the inventor the Dyson vortex, bagless, vacuum cleaner

https://www.npr.org/2018/03/26/584331881/dyson-james-dyson

The amazing thing is that J. Dyson built his company from scratch almost single-handedly. Not only is he a superb engineer, having invented a very successful, popular and useful product, the vortex vacuum cleaner, but he also did all the CEOing, business side of the company too. Both inventing devices and CEOing are back breaking jobs, full of failed experiments and heart breaking, demoralizing investor rejections. According to the shows blurb: “It took him five years to perfect the design, building more than 5,000 prototypes in his backyard shed. He then tried to convince the big vacuum brands to license his invention, but most wouldn’t even take his calls.”

And he managed to grow his company from nothing to a multi-billion dollar juggernaut without using any VC funding!

J. Dyson is an inspiring example of a person that combines intelligence, versatility, perseverance and humility. Indeed, despite his considerable achievements, J. Dyson is quite humble, which is an important part of why I admire him so.

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September 11, 2018

IBM and Google Caught off Guard by Rigetti Spaghetti

Filed under: Uncategorized — rrtucci @ 5:09 am

Recently, Rigetti, the quantum computer company located in Berkeley, CA, made some bold promises that probably caught IBM and Google off guard, as in the following gif

  • Last month (on Aug 8), Rigetti promised a 128 qubit gate model chip “over the next 12 months”. [comment: Quite ambitious. It may turn out that Rigetti cannot deliver, as promised, a 128 qbit gate model qc in the next 12 months. Nevertheless, Google and IBM must now plan ahead assuming that Rigetti will be on time. IBM and Google may now be forced to speed up their plans for growing the number of qubits in their chips. This is especially true of Google. So far, Google has given a lackluster performance in this race. Their software Cirq is a bad copy of Rigetti’s Pyquil, and much less complete than Pyquil. Also, they promised a 72 qubit chip and cloud service by the beginning of this year but have yet to deliver on that promise. Hurry up Google, you slow-poke!]
  • Then this week (on Sept. 7), Rigetti promised
    1. A “Quantum Cloud Services” (QCS) that intends to compete with Amazon’s cloud services (AWS). Each user of Rigetti’s qc will be given their own virtual environment running Rigetti’s Pyquil and Forest software. [comment: IBM, Google and Microsoft already offer very complete cloud services so they can easily match Rigetti’s cloud offering.]
    2. Partnerships with 12 startups [comment: There is no info in the press release on what generous bounty the startups will get out of this deal. Maybe some Rigetti decals for their laptops, a few Rigetti tee shirts size “small” and some lame bragging rights.]
    3. “$1 million prize for the first conclusive demonstration of quantum advantage on QCS.” [comment: Who knows, the $1M Rigetti prize may spawn similar prizes by IBM and Google. Let’s hope so.]

This is all very good news for our company artiste-qb.net. It raises the value and visibility of the qc field and therefore also of our company. Furthermore, we are hoping that our docker image, Bayesforge, will become an excellent substitute for a Rigetti image. We will be deploying Bayesforge in the next week or two. Stay tuned.

September 3, 2018

Our New, Luxurious, ShenZhen Office, Now Open for Business

Filed under: Uncategorized — rrtucci @ 3:24 am

Eat your heart out Apple, Google, Facebook. We at artiste-qb.net have luxurious corporate offices all over the world, too. Here is our new China (ShenZhen) branch office, headed by our co-founder, Dr. Tao Yin.

Notice corporate logo, in both Chinese and English, on ceiling wall. Open for business. We produce insanely great classical and quantum AI software.

September 2, 2018

IBM Quantum has been “ratted out” by its partners

Filed under: Uncategorized — rrtucci @ 2:04 am

‚Äč5 months ago (April 7, 2018), IBM Quantum announced to much fanfare that it had selected 8 qc startups to partner with. Well, today I heard from a little bird that IBM CHARGES its esteemed partners

$250,000/yr

if they want to use its more advanced quantum chips that are not open to the general public. You could buy a sizable fraction of our qc startup artiste-qb.net for that price! And our qc software stack is much better (much better designed and more complete for quantum AI tasks) than IBM’s “designed by committee” quantum software stack. We offer Qubiter (Write Once, Simulate Anywhere), Quantum Fog, Quantum Edward, and BayesForge. LOL, it would be a great honor to be anointed an IBM partner, but we respectfully and regretfully cannot accept the honor. Thanks anyway IBM for the generous offer.

Another widely known secret is that IBM Quantum has refused to participate 2 years in a row, in the quantum Machine Learning incubator class offered yearly by the CDL (Creative Destruction Lab, part of Univ of Toronto). Google and Microsoft have refused too. If you think IBM-Think nurtures qc startups, think again. Google and Microsoft don’t either

I think IBM-Think should try to be more friendly to startups. God knows IBM needs all the friends it can get. It’s well known that IBM stock has been in decline for many years. Warren Buffet used to own a lot of IBM stock but he sold it all; he bought Apple stock instead.

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