Article: Amazon proposes novel approach to quantum computing error correction

Hardware, Open Manufacturing, Open Source

Amazon proposes novel approach to quantum computing error correction

Researchers at the Amazon Web Services Inc.-led AWS Center for Quantum Computing have published what they say is their first architecture paper today, describing a theoretical blueprint for a fault-tolerant quantum computer. The paper proposes an entirely new and apparently workable approach to the problem of “quantum error correction,” which is a key challenge that must be overcome in order to devise a working quantum computer that can live up to its full potential.

The problem with quantum computers is that they’re incredibly fragile machines. Their potential comes from the fact they use “qubits” to perform computations, rather than the “bits” found in traditional computers. Whereas bits can hold a state of 0 or 1, qubits can be a 0, a 1 or both states at the same time. It’s this property that allows otherwise impossible computations to be performed, making them far more powerful than traditional computers can ever be.

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Article: Linux Foundation hosts RareCamp open-source platform to democratize gene therapy

Cures, Open Health, Procedures (Medical)

Linux Foundation hosts RareCamp open-source platform to democratize gene therapy

The OpenTreatments Foundation said today that its open-source RareCamp software will be hosted by the Linux Foundation, as part of its effort to make that platform available to anyone to kickstart the creation of new gene therapies for rare genetic diseases.

The idea with the RareCamp software is to decentralize drug development by putting the ability to create new treatments directly into the hands of parents and others whose loved ones might be affected by extremely rare genetic diseases.

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Article: Open-source robotic process automation firm Camunda raises €82M in new round

Open Software, Open Source

Open-source robotic process automation firm Camunda raises €82M in new round

Open-source automation software company Camunda Services GmbH said today it has raised €82 million (about $100 million) in a new round of funding.

Private equity firm Insight Partners led the Series B round, with participation from existing investors Highland Europe. Camunda is an emerging player in the red-hot robotic process automation market that involves using software robots to observe workflows in common business applications and then deduce ways to automate repetitive tasks for workers.

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