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IBM’s Dario Gil says ‘tremendous progress in India with quantum computing’

By Sandra Helsel posted 04 Apr 2022

(LiveMint) IBM’s Dario Gil, in an interview during his recent visit to India, explained how enterprises and governments can benefit from technologies such as the hybrid cloud, edge computing, quantum computing, and shared his thoughts on Web3. IQT-News summarizes Gil’s statements below.

Gil is a senior VP and director of IBM Research and leads the company’s global research team comprising over 3,000 scientists. IBM was the first company to build programmable quantum computers and make them universally available through the cloud under Gil’s leadership.
Gil also met some government officials including Rajeev Chandrasekhar, minister of state (MoS) for electronics and information technology, with whom he shared how IBM could help create a national quantum plan in India. Gil also explained how enterprises and governments can benefit from technologies such as the hybrid cloud, edge computing, quantum computing, and shared his thoughts on Web3.
IBM outlined its commitment almost five years back to grow a quantum ready workforce and build an ecosystem to nurture the community in India. He was asked, “What’s the progress?”
Gil replied, “We have made a tremendous amount of progress and in fact, it was one of their core aspects of the discussion with the minister (Rajeev Chandrashekar) that I had. They intend to make sure that India is a powerhouse in the world of quantum skills and quantum technologies. In this context, access to technology is crucial. That’s why we’re committed to the open-source environment — the most-widely one used around the world is Qiskit. We’re seeing tremendous adoption in terms of advocates and quantum ambassadors here in India, and we’re also having many conversations right now with different Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and leading centers for training, to develop a curriculum and certification. The Qiskit (to learn quantum computation) textbook is now also available in Tamil, Bengali, and Hindi. We’re going to be running many workshops and lots of programs around it. I think there’s a tremendous opportunity and part of our commitment is to figure out a way to grow these broad-based skills and talent programming in India for quantum.”

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Sandra K. Helsel, Ph.D. has been researching and reporting on frontier technologies since 1990.  She has her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona.

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