The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Google, and the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) are launching the Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab to explore the use of quantum computing to advance the machine-learning branch of artificial intelligence. The D-Wave Two quantum computer will be installed at the NASA Advanced Supercomputing Facility at the Ames Research Center, slated for use in government, industrial, and university research later this year. Although Google intends to use the D-Wave Two to refine its Web search and speech-recognition technology, university researchers are likely to use it for disease and climate models. NASA uses quantum computing to model space weather, simulate planetary atmospheres, analyze huge volumes of mission data, and other functions. Through the Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab, USRA will invite researchers from around the country to use the D-Wave Two, and 20 percent of its computing time will be open for free to the university community via competitive selection. NASA and Google will evenly divide the remaining computing time.
More info: Technology Review (05/16/13) Charles Choi