Created the first artificial quantum “life”

Создана первая искусственная квантовая "жизнь"

With the help of a quantum computer QX4 IBM scientists have encoded a quantum unit of life, consisting of two qubits.

Scientists from the University of the Basque Country has created a simulation of life on a quantum computer. In a new study described in the journal Scientific Reports, scientists have tried to apply the same unpredictability to computer simulation, reports of Naked-science.

“The goal of the proposed model reproduction of the characteristic processes of Darwinian evolution, adapted to the language of quantum algorithms and quantum computing,” said researchers from the University of the Basque Country in Spain.

With the help of a quantum computer QX4 IBM scientists have encoded a quantum unit of life, consisting of two qubits: one represents the genotype (genetic code passed down through the generations), the other phenotype (the external manifestation of this code, or “body”).

These units were programmed for reproduction, mutation, development, and death using a partial involvement like real living beings. Random changes are brings by means of the rotations of quantum States, for example, to simulate mutations.

The model is also consistent with the study previously published by this same team, in which natural selection, learning and memory were simulated in theoretical quantum model.

“The question of whether the origin of life is indeed quantum mechanical in nature, we leave open. We have proved that microscopic quantum system can effectively encrypt quantum characteristics and biological behavior, normally associated with living systems and natural selection”, – stated in the message.

The program of genetic modification of plants Agency defense advanced projects USA (DARPA) can be used to develop a new kind of biological weapons.

Previously in China, scientists have designed and built a quantum radar that can detect air targets at long distances.

 

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