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Google Aims for Commercial-Grade Quantum Computer by 2029


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Part of Googles new Quantum AI campus in Santa Barbara County, CA.

Googles new Quantum AI campus in Santa Barbara County, CA, includes a quantum data center, research labs, and chip-fabrication facilities.

Credit: Alphabet

Google scientist Hartmut Neven said the company intends to invest several billion dollars to build a commercial-grade quantum computer that can perform large-scale, error-free business and scientific calculations by 2029.

Google's Sundar Pichai announced the project's timeline, and unveiled the new Google Quantum Artificial Intelligence (AI) campus in Santa Barbara County, CA, to develop the system.

The Internet search giant aims to deliver commercial-grade quantum-computing services over the cloud, while Neven said the company envisions applications ranging from building more energy-efficient batteries to accelerating training for machine learning AI.

Google said such applications will require a 1-million-quantum bit (qubit) computer.

Neven said one of the technical challenges will be to extend the length of time that a qubit can remain in its quantum state.

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