Quantum machine learning sounds like it came straight out of a sci-fi novel

✨quantum machine learning✨

But it’s very much real, and very game changing.

Some of the most advanced AI algorithms today use multiple types of hardware to run their own subroutines. These chips range from general and slow at some tasks (like a CPU) to specific and fast (like an application-specific integrated circuit, or ASIC). Quantum devices can be thought of as ASICs, which have a specialized functionality. More advanced quantum devices are more similar to Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) which can be programmed to run simple circuits.


My team (Tasha Pais, Shivam Syal, Thomas Breydo) and I are developing a moonshot company leveraging quantum machine learning to find a 10x more efficient catalyst to use in direct air carbon capture, ultimately creating a more scalable and cost-effective process.

Introduction: Climate Change

Climate change is an unimaginably large global problem. 20 million people lose their homes each year due to climate change induced natural disasters. Half of all deaths in children under the age of five are because of climate related hunger. Increasing temperatures are melting ice sheets and rising sea levels. Further, the extra carbon dioxide in the air is…


RSA Encryption

Alice and Bob have been friends forever… but Alice wants to tell Bob she loves him using a secret message (to prevent people from finding out and gossiping). Alice tells Bob she needs to give him a secret message and they decide to use the RSA algorithm. This is a type of public key cryptosystem, where anyone (like Alice) can encrypt their message but only one person (Bob) can decrypt it. Check out the visual I made below to see how Alice shares her secret to Bob 👀


An IBM Quantum Computer

Quantum Computing sounds like a term straight out of a science fiction novel. But after the initial wave of awe at this buzzword, most people are left wondering, “so what does actually mean?”

Let me tell you! Scroll down to see this emerging field’s purpose, physics/hardware, progress, and potential.

Why Quantum?

Classical computers have come a long way since its inception. Running on binary values of 1s and 0s, these computers are able to perform the great feats we take for granted, like play videos, store information, run applications, and much more. …


Imagine if the world around you was a (huge, multidimensional and interconnected) jigsaw puzzle. All of the different aspects somehow connected with each other to create a grand big picture. Individually, we live in the realm of singular puzzle pieces. Throughout our lifetime, we see a couple of different aspects of reality; a doctor may have seen the depths of human suffering and life. A social worker may have explored compassion and the helping nature of humans. Your quirky distant relative has explored the meaning of identity in his last trip to the Himalayas where he tried to “find himself”…

Aashvi Manakiwala

Quantum Computing Enthusiast | Innovator at The Knowledge Society | CS @ UPenn | Social Entrepreneurship

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store