Quantum Bayesian Networks

December 16, 2018

Galactic Battle now going on in Quantum Space Between our Google OverLords and Dubai Inc.

Filed under: Uncategorized — rrtucci @ 6:41 pm

Recently, the company IonQ announced that they have already built and are operating an ion trap quantum computer with 160 FULLY CONNECTED high fidelity qubits. The device’s 1-qubit and 2-qubit gate fidelities are reported to be 99.97% and 99%, resp. See IonQ’s press release, and Gizmodo article.

The thing that may have escaped the attention of casual readers because it is rarely emphasized, although it isn’t hidden (see Wikipedia article on IonQ), is that IonQ’s main investor is GV=Google Ventures, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Alphabet, the umbrella company that owns all Googlish subsidiaries. A tree diagram of all Alphabet companies is quite impressive (and scary). In other words, IonQ is really just a branch of Google in disguise. So Google is betting big on both an ion trap and a Josephson junction quantum computer. Don’t know about you, but in the last five years, I have grown highly dependent on Android (a Google product) with its mostly proprietary Google apps, Google search, Chrome, Gmail, Google Maps, Google Drive, YouTube, Google News, TensorFlow, … I seem to find Google under every rock these days. And they are now aiming to control what I call the ‘Holy Trinity’: cloud, AI and quantum computing.

Meanwhile, in another sector of quantum space, Rigetti computing is getting ready to attack our Google Over Lords. Rigetti started in 2014. At that time, it seemed to me to be a joke company started by a $2.5M seed investment from the controversial billionaire Tim Draper. But since then, Rigetti has been funded to the tune of $120M, according to Crunchbase. So where did this flash flood of money come from? According to Wikipedia, the main Rigetti investors are Vy Capital (> $40M) and Andreesen Horovitz (> $24M). Vy Capital is based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is reasonable to assume that Vy Capital’s extravagant spending habits and penchant for high risk is fueled by super rich Arab investors. So Vy Capital, aka Dubai Inc., is the main investor of Rigetti.

So you see, there is indeed a galactic battle going on between 2 Google quantum clones and Dubai Inc. But it gets better:

Like I said before, at first I considered Rigetti to be somewhat of a joke, but now that so much money has been invested in them, it is much harder for me to be dismissive about them. Once Dubai Inc invested the $40M in Rigetti, many smaller “lemming” VC’s followed, because they realize that now Rigetti has become too big to fail as an investment. And Rigetti/Dubai Inc have promised some very attractive sweeteners this year: A 128 qubit qc by next year, a cloud service for hybrid quantum-classical AI, and a $1M prize for the first proof of a quantum advantage. My suspicion is that Dubai Inc. is prepping up Rigetti, making it attractive, so that Microsoft buys it for a few billion dollars. Microsoft might fall for it, because they won’t have a topological qc for many years, if ever, and their obscure quantum language q# is flopping badly, as I predicted. This is actually a common practice in Silicon Valley. They like to jack up the valuation of a startup, and then, instead of doing an IPO, sell it to one of the giant monopolies like Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, Google, Amazon (MAFGA, a portmanteau of MAFIA and MAGA)


  1. Joke from a friend of mine who is a Game of Thrones fan:

    How do you cook Rigetti spaghetti? Place 2 Google dragons called Martinis and Monroe, above Rigetti, on both sides of it, and tell them they can eat the Rigetti spaghetti, with human meatballs, if they cook it first

    Comment by rrtucci — December 18, 2018 @ 9:28 pm

  2. And the battle goes on, and on, and on…

    Comment by technofeudalism — December 19, 2018 @ 3:07 pm

  3. Wow, that TomDispatch is excellent. I didn’t know about him. Thanks for pointing his website out to me.

    Comment by rrtucci — December 19, 2018 @ 5:05 pm

  4. Ah, and something nice for happy corporate Christmas!

    Comment by technofeudalism — December 24, 2018 @ 4:43 pm

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