Google's Quantum Summer Symposium 2022 is Coming
Register your seat for the Google Quantum Summer Symposium (QSS) July 19th - 21st
CEO of Sandbox AQ: Jack Hidary.
Google’s Quantum Summer Symposium is just two weeks away.
Join the Google Quantum AI team at the annual Quantum Summer Symposium! This 3-day virtual event will showcase new advances in the field and provide opportunities for deeper networking.
July 19, 2022 - July 21, 2022
You can stream it live as well. You might be interested in the Keynote of last year. I came across this event on the LinkedIn of Markus Hoffman.
In recent days I’ve been ruminating more about Google’s role in the future of quantum computing and especially QML.
The Quantum Summer Symposium (QSS) is Google Quantum AI’s annual conference, bringing together experts in academia, industry and government to discuss progress in quantum computing research. This year’s event is virtual, taking place via this website on July 19th - 21st.
I’ve been listening to Eric Schmidt for a long time. He is the former CEO of Google. He has over 2 million Twitter followers and has been warning about China in A.I. and National security for many years.
Alphabet’s decision to spin off its Quantum computing arm, Sandbox here is truly important.
Sandbox AQ believes it is an important company at the intersection of Quantum, A.I. and cybersecurity. Sandbox AQ is harnessing the exponential power of AI + Quantum -- AQ. The inspiration for Sandbox AQ and some of the team originated at Alphabet Inc. in 2016, becoming an independent entity in 2022.
Eric Schmidt is an important kind of corporate futurist. Sandbox AQ’s mission is to develop commercial products for telecom, financial services, healthcare, federal government, computer security and other computationally-intensive sectors.
BigTech is becoming closer to National Security which could be a boon for Quantum computing innovation. For example, Schmidt’s new investment fund deepens his ties to national security interests, according to Vox. According to a June, 2022 post, America’s Frontier Fund exemplifies the revolving door between the tech industry and government. Schmidt is not a revolving door though, he’s been lobbying government and the financial elite of Silicon Valley for a very long time.
Due to Alphabet’s pedigree in A.I. at the intersection of Quantum, Sandbox AQ will have a unique approach enabling cross-pollination across a diverse range of fields, from physics, computer science, neuroscience, mathematics, cryptography, natural sciences and more! If Google is to be a force in Quantum computing, we need to watch Sandbox AQ closely.
Sandbox AQ also plans to be a leader in education in the sector and its multitude of interdisciplinary opportunities.
For instance, they claim to be deeply committed to education as a means to advance quantum solutions and computing initiatives. They invest in future talent through internship programs, research papers, developer tools, textbooks, educational talks/events and partnerships with universities/talent hubs to attract multi-disciplinary talent. Our hope is to inspire people from all walks of life to be prepared for the quantum era and encourage a path in STEM.
Having an eye on Google’s Symposium thus begins to make sense if you have an affinity to the future of Quantum computing.
This Newsletter is for those people.
The importance of Taiwan with TSMC also cannot be under-stated. Seeing Eric Schmidt quote a Substack Creators was rather interesting in this following tweet:
Eric Schmidt is thus an influential person involved now in Quantum computing. He is Chairman of the Board at Sandbox AQ. If Microsoft has invested in cybersecurity for a very long time, it might be that Google is looking to be a Quantum computing security provider for the National defense sector. This will further leverage their walled garden around A.I. talent and even potential applications of Quantum advantage like I have been discussing with you.
I believe as such, Google’s Quantum Symposium thus needs to be seen through the lends of the bigger picture. I wonder if the Quantum Observer would agree:
In April, 2022 we learned that Google was spinning off Sandbox AQ, but what does it mean? It is headquartered in Palo Alto, California, and currently counts 55 employees, with Hidary remaining in the CEO position. The move signaled that Alphabet was serious about the future of Quantum computing’s role as a commercialized B2B segment of how the future of AI and quantum computing will intersect. It could become to Quantum computing security and QML, what Palantir is to BigData and analytics. Palantir famously services the National security sector and law enforcement globally.
The YouTube videos around Google’s Quantum Symposium are also sure to get better. More people and students are becoming interested in Quantum computing everyday, globally and among some pretty smart young people.
Jack Hidary, who was formerly the director of AI and quantum at Sandbox and is a longtime X Prize board member, will continue to lead it. They are also holding online events for example about the post-Quantum cryptography world and how companies will need to address it. I think the B2B sector are fairly low-hanging fruit in terms of future clients around the future of cybersecurity.
If you scroll to 5:30 minutes of this video you can get a quick take on this:
Sadly Jack Hidary is not overly active on Twitter or LinkedIn.
So who are the backers of Sandbox AQ?
Since its inception, Sandbox has attracted several high-profile investors, including former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, who will take over as chairman of Sandbox's board, Breyer Capital, TIME Ventures, T. Rowe Price, and billionaire investor Thomas Tull.
According to Gartner, by next year, 20% of global organizations are expected to budget for quantum-computing projects, up from less than 1% in 2018.
Not just hype, likely full blown utility is coming for the Quantum computing sector with its interactions with the future of business, technology, cybersecurity and geopolitical navigation. The stakes are very high, and Alphabet is a blue chip mover.
Sandbox AQ is the kind of company and pedigree at the intersection of the real world and Quantum applications that I would consider investing in.
National Defense and the Cloud Monopolies
Sandbox is rolling out with an undisclosed amount of “nine-figure” funding for Series D. Just as China has tons of “state-backed” companies with CCP members on the board and so forth, in the years ahead we’re likely to see even closer collaboration with BigTech and America’s own National Security sector and the Pentagon. This does not bode well for free-market capitalism and stimulating real innovation, or suggest that serious antitrust regulation is coming to Silicon Valley any time soon.
Thus companies like Amazon, Microsoft and Google with their Cloud initiatives are likely to have a free pass to becoming dominant in the Quantum computing sector with deeper pockets and the ability to do R&D that others aren’t able to. Thus Quantum computing hype will be propagated further by the firms that are most incentivized to do so.
Capitalists will even stoke cold-war rhetoric for commercial gain as some countries increase their National Defense spending as a proportion of their GDP. It just so happens Google, Microsoft and Amazon are also behemoths in advertising with some leverage of media control in their platforms.
Quantum Machine Learning and the various intersections of Quantum computing and AI, might grow up in such a climate. Alphabet’s decision to spin out Sandbox in early 2022, is telling of a bigger picture that’s more complex than just the viability and timeline of scalable Quantum computers.
Who would dare accuse monopolies of abusing their power when they are being such good corporate citizens to the National Defense sector, education in Quantum computing, software engineering, new languages in QML, AI for Good initiatives and various ESG, inclusion and corporate social responsibility/good CSR programs? Legally at a time of a lack of rule of law in tech and A.I. regulation, these walled gardens are just solidifying their futures.
Quantum computing and Quantum technologies have a lot of aspects and just like Cloud or advertising revenue, some of them will be legit cash-cows, for the players who know how to play the game. The cybersecurity problems are real, and American firms are for the most part totally unprepared.
Sandbox AQ was truly founded in 2016, so it’s had 6+ years to think about how it will commercialize it’s unique intersection of QC and A.I. It’s still not abundantly clear to how it will generate revenue, but just like DeepMind that took so many years to become profitable (most just with Alphabet as its main client), Google can tweak the ecosystem and ride the wave of Quantum computing hype in the years and decades to come with access to the top PhDs that few QC startups will easily be able to rival.
The Quantum Arms Race
Technology and innovation cannot realistically be separated from the political realm, and National Defense is playing a larger role than ever since Ukraine, China’s behavior with Taiwan and other broad considerations such as an East-West rivalry in the global macro geopolitical and economic picture. Quantum computing just like A.I. is a tool for technological supremacy.
Quantum computing is thus likely to be accelerated by the enormous spending of the most powerful nations and their top BigTech firms beefing up their side of the equation.
Thanks for reading!