Quantum artificial life created on the cloud

phys.org | 11/16/2018 | Staff
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A project by the UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country has for the first time implemented a model of quantum artificial life on a quantum computer.

The Quantum Technologies for Information Science (QUTIS) research group, led by the Ikerbasque Professor Enrique Solano of the UPV/EHU's Department of Physical Chemistry, has developed a quantum biomimetic protocol that reproduces the characteristic process of Darwinian evolution adapted to the language of quantum algorithms and quantum computing. The researchers anticipate a future in which machine learning, artificial intelligence and artificial life itself will be combined on a quantum scale.

Intelligence - Scenario - Emergence - Models - Organisms

One artificial intelligence scenario could see the emergence of models of simple organisms capable of experiencing the various phases of life in a controlled virtual environment. Quantum computers could enable an artificial life protocol that encodes quantum behaviours belonging to living systems, including self-replication, mutation, interaction between individuals, birth and death. The researchers executed such a model on an IBM ibmqx4 cloud quantum computer.

This is the first experimental realization on a quantum computer of a quantum artificial life algorithm following Darwin's laws of evolution. The algorithm follows a protocol that the researchers refer to as biomimetic, and which encodes quantum behaviours adapted to the same behaviours of living systems. Quantum biomimetics involves reproducing in quantum systems certain properties exclusive to living beings. The researchers had previously managed to imitate life, natural selection, learning and memory by means of quantum systems. This research is aimed at designing a set of quantum algorithms based on the imitation of biological processes, which take place in complex organisms, and transfer them to a quantum scale.

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In the scenario of artificial life that they designed, a set of models of simple organisms accomplished the most common phases of life in a controlled virtual environment, proving that microscopic quantum systems are able to encode quantum...
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