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Recent advances in quantum computing means that we are that much closer to solving big problems like protein folding and traffic routing.

Speaking of the latter, Ford, along with Microsoft, recently unveiled some research along the line of improving traffic in Seattle with the use of “Quantum-inspired” computing — something that came up quite a bit at MLADS a few weeks ago.

“Our growing quantum computing team is working with Microsoft and others to investigate how this technology can be used in areas ranging from robotics to aerodynamics,” Ford Chief Technology Officer Ken Washington said in a blog post Tuesday. “While we’re still in the early stages of quantum computing development, encouraging progress has been made that can help us take what we’ve learned in the field and start to apply it to problems we want to solve today, while scaling to more complex problems tomorrow.”

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