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Geordie Rose, co-founder and chief executive officer of Kindred AI, right, and Suzanne Gildert, co-founder and chief technology officer of Kindred AI, sit for a photograph with Thormang, a full scale humanoid robot used for research, at the company's office in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. (Darryl Dyck/Bloomberg)
Geordie Rose, co-founder and chief executive officer of Kindred AI, right, and Suzanne Gildert, co-founder and chief technology officer of Kindred AI, sit for a photograph with Thormang, a full scale humanoid robot used for research, at the company's office in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. (Darryl Dyck/Bloomberg)

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Geordie Rose has a tough act to follow – himself.

His last startup, Burnaby, B.C.-based D-Wave Systems Inc., created the first quantum computer, a machine expected to some day solve problems well beyond the capacity of today’s fastest computers. Investors include Amazon.com Inc.’s Jeff Bezos and the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency’s venture capital arm, and Google Inc. and Lockheed Martin Corp. are customers. Time called it “the Infinity Machine” in a 2014 cover story. Dr. Rose, who co-founded D-Wave, once said his quantum computer “feels like an altar to an alien God.”

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