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This AI Reality (AIR) chart tracks quantum computers as they stand in October 2017. The race to build a commercial quantum computer is heating up, with the technology moving from research into engineering.


  • Quantum computing is no longer a purely academic research activity but an engineering pursuit that has major technology companies racing to build the first quantum supremacy computer (QSC).

Features and Benefits

  • Learn what qubits are, why they are special, and why they are challenging to build.
  • Learn the type of players in this market and their different strategies.

Key questions answered

  • What is the impact of quantum computers on AI?
  • When is a commercial universal quantum computer likely to be available?

Table of contents

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  • Summary
  • Qubit strategies
  • AIR chart: participants in the race to build a QSC
  • Quantum machine learning: the use of quantum computing in AI
  • Explaining quantum computation


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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