ARMONK, N.Y. and WALTHAM, Mass. — IBM and Raytheon Technologies are jointly developing advanced artificial intelligence (AI), cryptographic, and quantum computing solutions for several sectors.
The strategic collaboration agreement is focused on the aerospace, defense, and intelligence sectors, including the federal government, according to the companies this month.
They intend to combine IBM’s commercial research with Raytheon Technologies’ research, plus aerospace and defense expertise, to “crack once-unsolvable challenges.”
Aerospace and government customers can use artificial intelligence and quantum computing technologies to “design systems more quickly, better secure their communications networks, and improve decision-making processes,” they said.
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The companies also plan to jointly research and develop advanced cryptographic technologies that “lie at the heart of some of the toughest problems faced by the aerospace industry and government agencies.”
IBM and Raytheon Technologies are building a technical collaboration team to “quickly insert” IBM’s commercial technologies into active aerospace, defense, and intelligence programs. The team will identify “promising technologies” to invest research dollars and talent in to jointly develop long-term system solutions.
“The rapid advancement of quantum computing and its exponential capabilities has spawned one of the greatest technological races in recent history — one that demands unprecedented agility and speed,” said Dario Gil, SVP and director of research, IBM.
IBM’s collaboration with Raytheon Technologies will be “a catalyst in advancing these state-of-the-art technologies … to make discovery faster and the scope of that discovery larger than ever,” Gil said.
“Take something as fundamental as encrypted communications,” said Mark E. Russell, CTO, Raytheon Technologies. “As computing and quantum technologies advance, existing cybersecurity and cryptography methods are at risk of becoming vulnerable.”
Russell said IBM and Raytheon Technologies will collaboratively help customers in the sectors “maintain secure communications and defend their networks better than previously possible.”
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