Earlier today I got this email (from NASA) with subject line, Government Shutdown and D-Wave System:
If you are receiving this email, you are being notified that, due to the US government shutdown, access to the D-Wave machine is suspended until further notice. We will advise you when this situation changes.
I miss Jon Stewart, doing his thing, on The Daily Show.
Once in a while, I land up watching Trevor Noah.
Sometimes I see snippets from the Colbert Report.
But, they are not Jon.
Sometime in December, I saw a great show by John Oliver from some years ago:
I thought that idea — of buying distressed medical debt — could be a good Christmas Gift to give thousands of Americans this year.
Many years ago, I had set up RAGS Charitable Foundation: Rohan, Ashwin, Gunjan, Sridhar.
We have made many gifts over the years, including funding an Institute Chair (in 2016) at my alma-mater, IIT Madras.
This Christmas, we decided to donate to RIP Medical Debt.
Who says watching late night TV cannot lead to something good?
Now, why was I upset about the shutdown?
My team — CMU Quantum Group — has been working over the holidays to finish up our experiments on D-Wave.
We are solving non-linear integer optimization problems using Graver basis (as the test set) that have been computed using quantum annealing.
We have three invitations already this year to present our work. (Two in January!)
Time for this Government Shutdown to end!
Happy New Year!