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Quantum robots are a ‘brand-new paradigm’

By Hamish Johnston

If you are like me and you struggle with the basics of quantum computing you might want to stop reading now because this blog entry is about “quantum robotics”.

According to Daoyi Dong and colleagues at the University of Science and Technology of China, “A quantum robot is essentially a complex quantum system which generally consists of three fundamental components: multi-quantum computing units (MQCU), quantum controller/actuator, and information acquisition units”.

And they should know, because they have just published a preprint that “proposes a brand-new paradigm of robots”.

So why would you want a quantum robot?

According to Dong and Co, they are better at learning than classical robots because they would use “quantum reinforcement learning algorithms”.

Of course, physicists are still struggling to make a just one practical quantum computing device, let alone a MQCU. So I’m guessing that you might have to wait a while for a robot that uses quantum mechanics to learn how to iron your shirts.

UPDATE 27 October: This preprint has been withdrawn by the authors.

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  1. Paulo Gotac

    I don’t mind to wait a lot for a quantum robot to iron my shirts. I’m sure that a little time after that, there will be a quantum robot that will learn how to make love and we (men and women) will be replaceable. I don’t want to be here to see.

  2. Its difficult to imagine quantum mechanics partly because we live in a classical world, and partly due to its inherent mysticism. Any attempt in looking at it, will destabilize it. But I believe quantum gadgets aren’t far off. Bracing myself up for the unthinkable.


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