Quantum Bayesian Networks

February 9, 2019

Microsoft reacquires ProjectQ

Filed under: Uncategorized — rrtucci @ 9:03 am

Huawei is a major Chinese company that produces smart phones, telecommunications equipment used in 5G, etc. This company has been much in the news recently because the founder’s daughter, Meng Wanzhou, who is also the CFO of the company, was arrested at the airport in Vancouver, Canada, at the request of the US government.

As far as the subject of quantum computing is concerned, on Oct 12, 2018, Huawei promised in a conference and accompanying press release, that it would soon provide a quantum computing cloud service named HiQ. As far as I know, HiQ hasn’t been opened yet to the general public. I have searched in vain for it on the internet. According to the press release, “Huawei also showcased its quantum programming framework for the first time, which is compatible with the ProjectQ.” As you can see by the two linkedin screenshots below (slightly cropped to omit my personal info), Huawei was employing, at the time of the press release, the two authors of projectQ, Haner and Steiger, whose thesis advisor at ETH Zurich was Matthias Troyer, a Microsoft star employee.

Seems like Haner and Steiger duped Huawei, they only stayed with Huawei for 3 months, while they were secretly looking for a job at Microsoft. They were hired in the last 1-2 months as Senior Quantum Computing Researchers by Microsoft. So ProjectQ was owned by Huawei for just 3 months and is now back in the hands of the evil empire Microsoft.

Huawei and China must feel “slightly” disrespected by Microsoft for hiring those two. What if the Chinese government bans Azure from China for this slight and for the arrest of Huawei’s founder’s daughter? And what about ProjectQ versus Q#? Does this mean, if we read the tea leaves, that ProjectQ/Troyer is back again in the ascendancy at Microsoft and Q#/Krysta is in the decline? It’s like a power struggle inside the Third Reich of Microsoft

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