Morrison boosts Australia’s potential in quantum technology

Support for the Quantum Commercialization Hub is part of a plan for “critical technologies” that Scott Morrison will unveil on Wednesday.

The government will invest more than $100 million in quantum technology, including pursuing partnerships with “like-minded” countries for the Hub to commercialize Australia’s quantum research and help businesses find markets and investors. That includes $70 million over a decade.

The government has already signed a cooperation agreement with the United States.

Chief Scientist Cathy Foley will lead the development of the quantum strategy.

Quantum technology has wide potential in computing, defense and cryptography.

The government’s “blueprint” says that critical technologies – which may be digital, such as artificial intelligence or non-digital, such as synthetic biology – are capable of “increasing risk or posing a risk to our national interest”.

“They are fundamental to Australia’s economic prosperity, social cohesion and national security, and are becoming the focus of international geopolitical competition,” the document said.

While this is not clear in the blueprint, it is clear that the threat posed by China is a central consideration in the government’s thinking about the need to advance and protect Australia’s critical technologies.

“Critical technologies provide a strategic edge, and at a time of intensifying geo-strategic competition, can be used to jeopardize our values, interests and way of life,” the blueprint said.

The plan for critical technologies includes a list of 63 technologies but the government is focusing on nine.

These are important mineral extraction and processing; advanced communications (including 5G and 6G); artificial intelligence; cyber security technologies; genomics and genetic engineering; Novel antibiotics, antivirals and vaccines; low emission alternative fuels; quantum technologies; and autonomous vehicles, drones, swarms and collaborative robotics.

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In a speech to the Australian Strategic Policy Institute released ahead of delivery, Morrison says that one goal in the government’s blueprint is to “maintain the integrity of our research, science, ideas, information and capabilities – so that Australian industries can thrive and maximize Sovereign IP”.

Morrison says, “Quantum science and technology has the potential to revolutionize a full range of industries, including finance, communications, energy, health, agriculture, manufacturing, transportation and mining.

“Quantum sensors, for example, could improve the discovery of valuable ore deposits and make groundwater monitoring more efficient; and quantum communications could provide for the secure exchange of information for better-secured financial transactions.” .

“The quantum technologies will also have defense applications, such as enabling navigation in GPS-deprived environments and helping to protect us from advanced cyber attacks.”

Morrison says Australia leads globally in many aspects of quantum technology, and lays the foundation for a thriving quantum industry. The National Quantum Strategy will better integrate the activities of industry and government.

“I am confident that the new strategy will help establish Australia as a quantum technology leader in the Indo-Pacific.”

Morrison says that technology reflects the values ​​of the society that creates and uses it.

“We want technology to protect the autonomy, privacy and data of our citizens.

“Australia, like the United States, is committed to playing our part so that the rules and norms surrounding technology reflect the values ​​of our open societies.

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“But … not all governments view technology the same way,” he says.

“We cannot shy away from the ethical implications of new technologies.

“We need to ask ourselves what needs to be done with technology – not just what can be done.

“Ensuring our citizens that technologies are safe and secure and work in their best interest is fundamental in providing the enabling environment needed to support deployment.”

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