Quantum Development Kit to Receive Chemical Library

Quantum Development Kit is a package of quantum development tools that has integrated emulator that can simulate about 30 logical qubits on a typical laptop
26 September 2018   317

Microsoft announced the release of an add-on for the Quantum Development Kit. The new library is designed to simulate chemical processes. According to the representatives of the company, the development is capable of handling large-scale tasks in the field of chemistry, solving issues related to agriculture or climate change. This is reported by TechCrunch.

The supplement can be used in conjunction with the NWChem tool developed by the Department of Energy's US Department of Energy for the calculation of chemical processes. The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), specializing in research in the field of chemistry and data analysis, participated in the implementation of the new library.

At the end of 2017, Microsoft released Quantum Development Kit, a package of quantum development tools. The tool allows developers to try out programming for quantum computers using standard machines. The company claims that the integrated emulator can simulate about 30 logical qubits on a typical laptop. Using the cloud platform Azure, a power of more than 40 qubits can be achieved.

Quantum Development Kit from Microsoft is built into the Visual Studio IDE. The company claims that the code developed with the help of the package can be implemented on a real quantum computer without any changes. Microsoft created a special language to develop programs - Q #.

Some experts say that quantum computers will allow humanity to solve problems related to the lack of food on the planet or global climate changes. Computing devices based on qubits are many times faster than classical ones. However, the specialists encountered problems in the implementation of the hardware. Most quantum technologies require special environmental conditions and are subject to frequent calculation errors.

Microsoft to Use AI to Create Human Voice

Synthetic voice is nearly indistinguishable from recordings of people
27 September 2018   553

Researchers from Microsoft recorded computer voice, imitating human speech. To overcome the difficulties of the traditional model, they used neural networks for speech synthesis. Microsoft promises to provide support for 49 languages ​​and the ability to create unique voices for the needs of companies in the near future.

Synthesis of speech with the help of neural networks involves comparing the stress and length (so-called prosody) of the speaker's speech units, as well as their synthesis into a computer voice. In systems of traditional speech synthesis, prosody is divided into acoustic and linguistic analysis, controlled by various models. As a result, the speech is noisy and indistinct. Representatives of Microsoft argue that in the model of neural synthesis two stages are combined into one, so the voice sounds like a real one.

The developers are convinced that the synthesis of speech with the help of neural networks will make it more natural to communicate with virtual interlocutors and assistants. Moreover, it will enable you to convert e-books into audiobooks and will allow you to change the scoring of built-in navigators.

Microsoft Neural TTS
Microsoft Neural TTS

Azure computing power is available for real-time use, and Azure Kubernetes is responsible for this. Simultaneous application of neural synthesis of speech together with traditional speaks about expansion and increase of availability of service. At the moment, there are a female voice named Jessa and a man named Guy.

Microsoft is competing in speech recognition and synthesis technologies with Google, which updated its services in late August 2018. Google Cloud announced the release of a stable API for the synthesis of speech Cloud Text-to-Speech with the experimental function of audio profiles and support for several new languages.