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Significant Interest in Use of Quantum Computers in AI Training

By IQT News posted 12 Feb 2020

(NextPlatform.com) There is significant interest in the use of quantum computers in AI training, a compute-intensive task when done at scale which often requires multi-GPU laden nodes for training sets with many thousands or even millions of examples.
Quantum machine learning is a vastly differentiated field, but for future AI, one area of particular area of interest is using a quantum annealing system like the D-Wave machine for training Boltzmann machines and other neural network models. The D-Wave 2X at NASA Ames has been used to train Boltzmann machines and neural networks and some similar work has been done to generate and train datasets for handwritten characters.
This article interviews University of Michigan researcher, Dr. Veera Sundararaghavan about where quantum and machine learning intersect, at least for the potentially high-value Boltzmann machine approaches. His research area is in aerospace engineering with an emphasis on computational methods that can revolutionize computations in materials science, most notably machine learning and quantum algorithms. He says Early machine learning algorithms on quantum computers will take advantage of the ability of quantum computers to sample complex probability distributions.
Real-world use-cases for discriminative tasks will involve problems where a rapid classification needs to be made, typically in military applications. Which is why the defense industry is interested in quantum computers.

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