New quantum partnership

The NSW Government is accelerating high-tech job opportunities by encouraging the development of a new Sydney Quantum Academy to cultivate the next generation of quantum engineers and put NSW in the fast lane of the #QuantumRace.

The $500,000 pledge to the Sydney Quantum Academy proposal is the second from the NSW Quantum Computing Fund. The enterprise is a collaboration between the University of Sydney, Macquarie University, UNSW and UTS. NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the quantum venture is about job creation, education, economic opportunities and whole new professions that will shape the future of an extraordinary new high-tech industry.

In the global #QuantumRace, Google has taken a step forward announcing its Bristlecone processor which features 72 qubits. The purpose of Bristlecone, Google says, it to provide its researchers with a testbed “for research into system error rates and scalability of our qubit technology, as well as applications in quantum simulation, optimization, and machine learning.” The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists speculated that China’s military-civil fusion and rapid advancement in quantum technology are aimed to achieve a so-called “quantum surprise”. The race continues.

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Image: USYD – Quantum physicist Professor Stephen Bartlett with students

This story is taken from the 09 March 2018 edition of The Warren Centre’s Prototype newsletter. Sign up for the Prototype here.