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Until AI burst onto the scene, the hottest thing in world tech without doubt was quantum computing. Anything that can crack encryption on messaging services on your phone is bound to be of universal interest.

The fact the firestorm of excitement about AI had until last week largely pushed quantum out of the news doesn’t make quantum any less important. Chief scientist Cathy Foley is right to remind readers of these pages about its significance. She says Australia has a legitimate national interest in having a seat at the table in this key technology of the future, and these things don’t happen without risk-taking, possibly supported by government money.


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