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D-Wave, Zapata AI Partner on Quantum-Enabled Machine Learning

Companies plan to combine generative AI and quantum computing to discover new molecules

Berenice Baker

February 9, 2024

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Zapata and D-Wave's first use case will investigate molecular discoveryGetty

Quantum computing company D-Wave and industrial generative AI software company Zapata AI are collaborating to develop and market commercial applications that combine generative AI and quantum computing technologies.

The multi-year partnership intends to focus on developing applications for customers that have computationally complex problems using quantum-enabled machine learning algorithms designed to work on D-Wave’s quantum annealing technologies. This includes its Advantage annealing quantum computing systems, quantum-hybrid solvers and development resources.

Zapata AI and D-Wave initially plan to focus on building quantum generative AI models that aim to accelerate the discovery of new molecules.

The companies consider this use case a way to accelerate commercial application development and develop a pipeline to bring these applications to Zapata’s customers. Customers will be able to access the commercial applications via a solver hosted in D-Wave’s Leap real-time quantum cloud service.

“We’re thrilled to work with our long-time partner D-Wave to bring together the power of our generative AI software with D-Wave’s annealing quantum computing technologies to develop industrial-grade machine learning applications,” said Zapata AI CEO and co-founder Christopher Savoie.

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“By combining forces, we are accelerating quantum plus AI development that we believe will unlock previously unattainable value for customers.”

“Our agreement with Zapata AI marks a significant step toward realizing the potential of combining two of today’s most transformative technologies — generative AI and quantum computing — to help tackle our society’s most computationally complex problems,” added D-Wave CEO Alan Baratz.

“Our companies share a common vision — to accelerate exploration, adoption and commercial use of emerging technologies to fuel innovation and transformation. Together, we believe D-Wave and Zapata AI will usher in the commercial era of quantum machine learning.”

About the Author(s)

Berenice Baker

Editor, Enter Quantum

Berenice is the editor of Enter Quantum, the companion website and exclusive content outlet for The Quantum Computing Summit. Enter Quantum informs quantum computing decision-makers and solutions creators with timely information, business applications and best practice to enable them to adopt the most effective quantum computing solution for their businesses. Berenice has a background in IT and 16 years’ experience as a technology journalist.

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