Invest in quantum over ‘yesterday’s tech’: New Sydney Nano head

Brandon How

Australia should focus investment in building sovereign capability in quantum and other innovative technologies, rather than play catch up with “yesterday’s technology” like semiconductors, according to the new head of the University of Sydney’s Nano Institute.

Calls from some stakeholders to develop a semiconductor manufacturing plant in Australia are becoming more persistent as Taiwan continues to dominate semiconductor and advanced semiconductor supply chains.

As the Albanese government continues its push to expand sovereign manufacturing capability following the supply chain disruptions of the pandemic, theoretical quantum physicist Professor Stephen Bartlett said Australia “should be thinking about the investments we can build to make tomorrow’s technologies”.

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