D-Wave Launches Quantum Quickstart At Q2B, Partners With PayPal’s AI/ML To Innovate Financial Sector

D-Wave Systems, a leader in quantum computing systems and software, had launched its new Quantum QuickStart program at the annual Quantum Computing Business (Q2B) conference. The Quantum QuickStart program gives developers and organizations the tools and knowledge they need to start programming on the D-Wave quantum computer and apply quantum computing to real-world problems. This is done through comprehensive training experience and real-time access to the quantum cloud.

The launch of the program is a response to growing interest from academia, industry, and government to use this new technology to solve some of the world’s most challenging problems. Companies, research institutes, and government agencies have expressed interest in exploring the uses of quantum computers which range from optimization and machine learning to machine learning and data analytics.

Creating a quantum-ready workforce requires more than just teaching people about the theory of quantum computing and what it means for the future. It requires specific skills, which is why universities, research institutes, and nations are developing curricula to teach these new skills. It is very important for developers to expand their knowledge and learn new skills in the quantum computing field. The Quantum Quickstart is designed to help developers build foundational knowledge for a quantum-ready workforce and improve upon their quantum skills.

  • Developers with Python knowledge and a desire to begin building and running real quantum applications can learn the necessary skills in just one week with the help of the Quantum Quickstart. They will also learn to solve problems of up to 1 million variables and 100,000 constraints while gaining practical experience and unlimited access to the Leap quantum cloud service. The packages of the Quantum Quickstart include:
  • The Quantum Quickstart program which allows developers with python skills to align their skills with quantum technology and also have the ability to think “quantumly” when tackling quantum problems. They can practice their skills using D-Wave quantum computers through the Quickstart program. This will help developers improve their skills and apply them in quantum programming within one week. Developers also have unlimited access to the course, which allows them to learn at any time they want to. 
  • Also, developers have unlimited access to powerful Advantage quantum computers, which they can use in building and testing quantum applications to solve complex problems with higher precision.
  • With D-Wave’s hybrid solvers, developers can solve business and research problems. Some of the solvers include the binary quadratic model (BQM) solver, the discrete quadratic model (DQM) solver, and the constrained quadratic model (CQM) solver. 
  • Lastly, the ocean software development kit contains learning resources such as documentation and demos, making learning easy for participants. Developers will also become part of a learning community that will help create synergy between quantum developers and foster collaboration for new quantum application development.

The Q2B, which was held on December 9, featured a discussion session with Johnson and Vidyut Naware, Director of AI Research at PayPal. The duo discussed how the financial sector is taking advantage of quantum technology to improve financial services. The Technical Director of Research and Global Data Science at PayPal, Nitin Sharma, also demonstrated how the collaboration between PayPal’s AI/ML tools and D-wave quantum computing technologies has proven useful in solving fraud detection problems. This is a major milestone that other financial companies can also adopt.

Also, PayPal is investing a lot of resources into quantum computing research. Emerging models such as the QUBO-Based Model are highly promising and PayPal is working to uncover the various potentials of this model. There are further expectations to discover more applications and use cases of Quantum Computing in fintech, and PayPal has taken the lead as a pioneer of this technology in the finance sector.

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