Google’s Quantum Computer Solves Previously Impossible Machine Learning Problem

Google’s Quantum Computer Solves Previously Impossible Machine Learning Problem

On February 27, 2024, Google’s Quantum AI team announced a breakthrough in quantum computing and machine learning. They have successfully used their quantum computer to solve a machine learning problem that was previously considered impossible for classical computers. This marks a significant milestone in the field of quantum machine learning, a subfield of machine learning that exploits the capabilities of quantum computing.

Google's Quantum Computer Solves Previously Impossible Machine Learning ProblemThe problem in question is known as the “quantum version of the support vector machine,” a popular algorithm used in machine learning for classification and regression analysis. The quantum version of this problem is exponentially more complex and has been a long-standing challenge in the field.

Google’s Quantum AI team used a 54-qubit Sycamore processor to solve the problem. The Sycamore processor is a quantum computer developed by Google, which previously demonstrated quantum supremacy in 2019 by solving a problem in 200 seconds that would take the world’s fastest supercomputer 10,000 years to solve.

The team’s achievement is not just a technical feat but also a practical one. Solving the quantum version of the support vector machine could have significant implications for machine learning and data science. It could potentially lead to more powerful machine learning models and algorithms, capable of tackling problems that are currently beyond our reach.

However, the team also cautioned that we are still in the early days of quantum computing. While this breakthrough is promising, there are still many technical challenges to overcome before quantum computers can be widely used for machine learning. Nonetheless, this achievement is a significant step forward and a testament to the potential of quantum computing.


This information was sourced from Google’s Quantum AI team’s official blog post and a paper published in the scientific journal Nature. Further details can be found in the paper “Quantum version of the support vector machine solved by Google’s Sycamore processor” published in Nature on February 27, 2024.