Alibaba’s research arm shuts quantum computing lab amid restructuring – ET CIO

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DAMO Academy was launched in 2017 by Alibaba Group to research advanced technologies such as AI and machine learning.

Chinese tech giant Alibaba has cut a quantum computing laboratory and team from its research arm, donating both the lab and related experimental equipment to Zhejiang University, the company said on Monday.

A spokesperson for Alibaba’s DAMO Academy, Alibaba’s in-house research initiative which included the lab, said the academy would continue to focus on technology research with the aim of being a leader in artificial intelligence (AI) research.

Earlier, a person with knowledge of the matter had told Reuters that the lab, and its 30 employees, represents a small part of Alibaba’s overall R&D team.

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