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Quantum Computers & Artificial Intelligence - A Dangerous Combination?

Should we as individuals or a culture be concerned that the coming together of Artificial Intelligence and Quantum Computers represent a threat?

Many have raised just such an alarm while continuing to develop both technologies at a rapid pace. It is after all about competition and money.

In this examination of both AI and Quantum Computing I have attempted to give you grist for the mill so you can think and consider these calims. Many of us right now are using AI in some way.

Will AI and Qunatum computers prove to be a beast we cannot control?

The World is Heading for a 'Quantum Divide': Here's Why It Matters

Jan 18, 2023

  • The impact of quantum technology will be far-reaching, in fields ranging from cybersecurity to drug development.

  • Currently, 17 countries have invested in a national program of quantum technology research and development, while more than 150 have not.

  • Leaders in quantum technology must commit to inclusivity in quantum education, in order to close the divide.

Together with continuing advances in areas like artificial intelligence, robotics, the Internet of Things (IOT) and nanotechnology, quantum technology will exponentially accelerate the Fourth Industrial Revolution. For those who lead in this field, the impact will be far-reaching and significant, stimulating countries’ industrial bases, creating jobs, and providing economic and national security benefits. This compounding effect will result from revolutionary advances in three key areas of quantum technology.

1. Cyber security

According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, a fault-tolerant quantum computer could be capable of breaking current encryption used for Public Key Cryptography as soon as 2030. This will put everything from individuals’ personal information to governments’ military and intelligence secrets at risk. This threat is already an active one, however, because of Store Now, Decrypt Later attacks, in which encrypted data is being harvested today so that it can be decrypted when a quantum computer is available..." from the article: The World is Heading for a 'Quantum Divide': Here's Why It Matters

A Quantum Computer
A Quantum Computer

How the Quantum Computer Revolution Will Change Everything with Michio Kaku & Neil deGrasse Tyson

Video from StarTalk

"How will quantum computing change the world? Neil deGrasse Tyson and comedian Chuck Nice learn about the development of quantum computing and what it means for humanity with theoretical physicist Michio Kaku. What will quantum computing do beyond regular computing? Find out about the race to create the first all-purpose quantum computer and Michio’s book, Quantum Supremacy: How the Quantum Computer Revolution Will Change Everything. Discover quantum bits and how quantum computing breaks from binary. How will we use quantum computers in astrophysics? We explore disaster scenarios and how quantum computing could help us predict coronal mass ejections. Where is quantum computing currently? We discuss brain mapping and whether quantum computers could be used as transporters. Plus, learn what it's like to work in string theory and how Michio got his start. Would it be possible to create instant interstellar communication using quantum entanglement? Learn how quantum entanglement works and why it would be hard to send a message faster than the speed of light. Could quantum computing solve infinity? What is spacetime foam? What forces cause the strings in string theory to vibrate? All that, plus, what comes AFTER quantum computing?' from video introduction

Decoded: How Does a Quantum Computer Work?

Video from Scientific American

If someone asked you to picture a quantum computer, what would you see in your mind?

Don't Fall for Quantum Hype

Video from Sabine Hossenfelder

What are the quantum technologies that are now attracting so much research funding? In this video I go through the most important ones: quantum computing, quantum metrology, the quantum internet, and quantum simulations. I explain what these are all about and how likely they are to impact our lives soon. I also tell you what frequently headline blunders to watch out for.

Is Combining AI with Quantum Computers a Bad Idea or Just Hype?

Artificial Intelligence
Artificial Intelligence

Why Quantum Computing Is Even More Dangerous Than Artificial Intelligence

"The world already failed to regulate AI. Let’s not repeat that epic mistake.

Today’s artificial intelligence is as self-aware as a paper clip. Despite the hype—such as a Google engineer’s bizarre claim that his company’s AI system had “come to life” and Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s tweet predicting that computers will have human intelligence by 2029—the technology still fails at simple everyday tasks. That includes driving vehicles, especially when confronted by unexpected circumstances that require even the tiniest shred of human intuition or thinking.

The sensationalism surrounding AI is not surprising, considering that Musk himself had warned that the technology could become humanity’s “biggest existential threat” if governments don’t regulate it. But whether or not computers ever attain human-like intelligence, the world has already summoned a different, equally destructive AI demon: Precisely because today’s AI is little more than a brute, unintelligent system for automating decisions using algorithms and other technologies that crunch superhuman amounts of data, its widespread use by governments and companies to surveil public spaces, monitor social media, create deepfakes, and unleash autonomous lethal weapons has become dangerous to humanity.

Compounding the danger is the lack of any AI regulation. Instead, unaccountable technology conglomerates, such as Google and Meta, have assumed the roles of judge and jury in all things AI. They are silencing dissenting voices, including their own engineers who warn of the dangers..." from the article: Why Quantum Computing Is Even More Dangerous Than Artificial Intelligence

What’s Next for Quantum Computing

"Companies are moving away from setting qubit records in favor of practical hardware and long-term goals.

This story is a part of MIT Technology Review’s What’s Next series, where we look across industries, trends, and technologies to give you a first look at the future In 2023, progress in quantum computing will be defined less by big hardware announcements than by researchers consolidating years of hard work, getting chips to talk to one another, and shifting away from trying to make do with noise as the field gets ever more international in scope.

For years, quantum computing’s news cycle was dominated by headlines about record-setting systems. Researchers at Google and IBM have had spats over who achieved what—and whether it was worth the effort. But the time for arguing over who’s got the biggest processor seems to have passed: firms are heads-down and preparing for life in the real world. Suddenly, everyone is behaving like grown-ups. As if to emphasize how much researchers want to get off the hype train, IBM is expected to announce a processor in 2023 that bucks the trend of putting ever more quantum bits, or “qubits,” into play. Qubits, the processing units of quantum computers, can be built from a variety of technologies, including superconducting circuitry, trapped ions, and photons, the quantum particles of light. IBM has long pursued superconducting qubits, and over the years the company has been making steady progress in increasing the number it can pack on a chip. In 2021, for example, IBM unveiled one with a record-breaking 127 of them. In November, it debuted its 433-qubit Osprey processor, and the company aims to release a 1,121-qubit processor called Condor in 2023. But this year IBM is also expected to debut its Heron processor, which will have just 133 qubits. It might look like a backwards step, but as the company is keen to point out, Heron’s qubits will be of the highest quality. And, crucially, each chip will be able to connect directly to other Heron processors, heralding a shift from single quantum computing chips toward “modular” quantum computers built from multiple processors connected together—a move that is expected to help quantum computers scale up significantly. Heron is a signal of larger shifts in the quantum computing industry. Thanks to some recent breakthroughs, aggressive roadmapping, and high levels of funding, we may see general-purpose quantum computers earlier than many would have anticipated just a few years ago, some experts suggest. “Overall, things are certainly progressing at a rapid pace,” says Michele Mosca, deputy director of the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo. Here are a few areas where experts expect to see progress..." from the article: What’s Next for Quantum Computing


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