Technological revolution combines quantum computing, AI

Australian quantum company Q-CTRL says it has combined the emerging technology and artificial intelligence in a technological revolution on par with the development of electricity.

Q-CTRL on Thursday unveiled new artificial intelligence capabilities that it said would be a "rocket booster" for the emerging quantum industry.

Despite intense theoretical interest, the fields have largely remained separate in practice.

Quantum computers are notoriously fickle and must be manually calibrated, tuned and configured, which commonly takes up to a third of a typical quantum researcher's day, and delays progress for everyone.

"This technological intersection has been under development at Q-CTRL for some years," founder and CEO Michael Biercuk said.

"Now we're excited to make custom-engineered AI agents available to solve some of the toughest challenges faced by researchers in the quantum sector."

The company said its world-first software is a practical step towards making the future of machine-learning quantum, which will involve automated learning from data and algorithms to improve accuracy and stability.

The new hybrid software architecture combines cloud and local computing power to connect directly in a closed loop, reducing hours of manual tune-up to fractions of a second, and potentially enabling tasks that were previously impossible.

The package works with all quantum computing and quantum-sensing hardware, the company said.

Clients include global giant IBM, US-based Rigetti Computing's quantum processors, and Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden.

Earlier research found an AI agent could be connected to a quantum computer and learn how to write a new "machine language" better than an expert human.

Q-CTRL will demonstrate the new capabilities in Las Vegas next week at the world's largest physics conference.

Federal Minister for Industry and Science Ed Husic will soon release a national quantum strategy, and has earmarked $1 billion to expand critical technology, including quantum.