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Google’s parent company Alphabet has a secretive team working on the future of quantum technologies, and it’s finally starting to come out of the woodwork.
It’s called Sandbox (or, as it’s styled internally, Sandbox@Alphabet) and it’s exploring “the intersection of physics and AI.”
Sources familiar with the project say the team works in the same building as Alphabet’s moonshots division, X, and is made up largely of former X employees — but X says Sandbox operates as a separate group.
Sandbox is also independent from Google’s better-known Quantum AI team in Santa Barbara, which in 2019 claimed to reach “quantum supremacy” by having a quantum computer solve a problem exponentially faster than a classical computer. IBM disputed the claim, leading to a public sparring match between quantum computing experts.
But in early 2020, Wired first reported on the existence of a second quantum effort happening inside X. A spokesperson at the time also said that the group was separate from X. An Alphabet spokesperson told Insider that the project had been in the works for three years, though it has only recently become public.
Since 2020, the group has started to pull back the curtain on their work. Several employees have also updated their LinkedIn profiles in recent weeks to reveal that they now work as Sandbox.
Many of them said they officially became Sandbox employees this year, according to LinkedIn, and several previously had roles working on quantum research inside X.
Sources say Sandbox is trying to be an independent quantum computing lab
The Sandbox group is led by Jack Hidary, a tech entrepreneur and author of the book “Quantum Computing: An Applied Approach.” He reports to X head Astro Teller, sources say.
Hidary previously described himself as “Senior Advisor to X Labs, the advanced innovation lab of Alphabet/Google” on his …read more
Source:: Business Insider