Australia is well positioned to develop a practical quantum computer, said CQC2T director Michelle Simmons as she lauded Australia’s bright future in quantum computing at Sydney’s Vivid Ideas festival.

Prof Simmons delivers the keynote address at ‘Creating a Quantum World’. Photo: Sally Maguire/Business Events Sydney

Professor Simmons, speaking at the Museum of Contemporary Art, said that Australia’s research ecosystem has created a unique advantage in the field of quantum science and nanotechnology, citing six quantum-related Australian Research Council Centres of Excellence as an example.

“Fifteen to 20 years ago we saw that rapid improvements in today’s computers were coming to an end, and we saw the promise of quantum, so Australia is now able to take advantage of the skills and technology we’ve developed in that time,” she said.

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