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Solving The Noise And Measurement Problems

Christopher Savoie, PhD is the CEO & founder of Zapata Computing. He is a published scholar in medicine, biochemistry and computer science. 

Every day, we get closer to the point where quantum computers will outperform existing classical computers when solving real business problems. We call this milestone “quantum advantage,” and it could have profound implications across a broad spectrum of industries, ranging from pharmaceuticals and chemistry to machine learning and cybersecurity. 

How far away is quantum advantage? It could be closer than you might think. 

From a hardware standpoint, Honeywell, Google, IBM, Rigetti and IonQ all continue to make impressive progress on their respective devices. Google, for example, made waves last October when researchers used its Sycamore quantum device to perform a calculation that, by their estimates, would have taken a classical supercomputer 10,000 years to solve. More recently, Google AI Quantum and collaborators used the device to

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New Measurement Shows Licensing Restrictions Depress Wage Growth, Here’s The Solution

Topline: A new measurement tool has been introduced by researchers at the Mercatus Center for tracking occupational licensing across states. States and occupations with the greatest licensing restrictions also have the weakest wage growth. The data will be useful for policy analysts and researchers alike to benchmark states and advocate for lower barriers.

You Can’t Improve What You Can’t Measure

Thanks to a new measurement tool developed by Patrick McLaughlin’s team at George Mason University’s Mercatus Center, we have a measure of licensing restrictions in states and occupations. Economists have long viewed these restrictions as roadblocks to competition and wage growth, but lacked reliable and comprehensive ways of measuring them.

McLaughlin remarked that “this dataset, like all the data that we produce, represents an advance in our ability to measure policy. Better measurement leads to better research insights, and we ultimately believe that those

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