Deal to develop generative AI on quantum computer

Deal to develop generative AI on quantum computer

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By Nick Flaherty

IonQ has teamed up with Zapata AI in a strategic deal to develop generative AI frameworks that run on a quantum computer.

The strategic alliance with IonQ will benchmark generative AI techniques on quantum computer hardware to uncover new potential advantages of quantum computing that could help solve complex real-world business problems.  

This alliance expands previous quantum collaboration between IonQ and Zapata with a focus on generative AI. The partnership will bring Zapata’s application development experts and IonQ’s scientists, advanced compute technology, and services together to deliver on joint generative AI projects.

The partnership will also drive joint go-to-market activities to scale the delivery of IonQ’s trapped ion quantum computer systems with Zapata’s products for enterprise customers. 

“IonQ’s commercial success is a reflection of the value that our customers attribute to our systems, yet the onramp into quantum computing can be challenging. Our partnership with Zapata will remove roadblocks and accelerate quantum adoption” said Rima Alameddine, CRO at IonQ. “We are excited to continue our work with Zapata and are confident that this partnership will drive new breakthroughs in the development of generative AI models and help enterprise companies better solve industrial-scale problems.” 

The two have a a muti-year award for quantum computer benchmarking from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). 

“We’re looking forward to building on our previous work together and diving deeper into quantum generative AI,” said Yudong Cao, CTO and co-founder at Zapata. “Quantum-enhanced generative modeling is the first place we expect to see a quantum advantage for industrial problems, including drug discovery, optimization, language processing, and predictive analytics. We’re excited to see what impact we could create with IonQ’s advanced technology.”;


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