Emphasizing the need to focus on the development of quantum computing, Tech Mahindra MD and CEO CP Gurnani told PTI that the industry is expecting a data explosion with the rise of cloud computing, data centers and 5G leading to changes in the existing computing system.
“I think the foundation of quantum computing is quantum physics. Quantum physics makes it clear that there is always this inflection point, and then after that, either modern hardware or quantum computing developers can suddenly create magic. My only personal belief is that there will be pressure on systems due to data explosions,” he said.
Mahindra University Vice Chancellor Yajulu Meduri said one of the best points in the MoU is its collaboration between academia and industry.
“We have many teachers of quantum physics, AI area, etc., but in fact it is work directed at the forefront of industry areas. If you’re talking about quantum computing, 5G, our educators can now work with the Tech Mahindra Makers Lab and others and look at different ways to actually do more industry-focused work,” Meduri said.
As part of the partnership, Mahindra University students will have the opportunity to work on intellectual property created at the Makers Lab and participate in research projects on campus.
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Students will also partner with programming groups such as “Engima” at the university to access projects, internships and job opportunities.
Tech Mahindra Global Head of Makers Lab Nikhil Malhotra said that quantum computing is at a very early stage and many noisy structures are emerging.
“This partnership is dedicated to the future of quantum technology. We see two or three main things. One of them is about the drug development industry, because we, in fact, see that quantum technology can really take a place in the design of molecules much better than modern artificial intelligence systems. It’s a huge, huge market in terms of the drug development industry,” he said.
Makers Lab will focus on the impact of quants on image optimization for satellites, etc., and explore work on explainable AI (artificial intelligence) in collaboration with Mahindra University, Malhotra said.
Explainable AI helps present data in a human-readable form.