Meet D-Wave and the Artificial Intelligence Lab
~ NASA and Google have teamed up to build a quantum computer capable processing q-bits, units that are both one and zero at the same time! Their hope in doing this is they will have a computer that can… um… well, it isn’t too clear even to themselves what they expect to accomplish in doing this but it all comes down to artificial intelligence.
The video briefly describes a lot of cool quantum concepts with lots of flashy imagery, quick editing, compelling music and no real descriptions of quantum ideas beyond quick references that only physics dorks can smile and feel cool about getting like any fandom does. But since the video didn’t really get into the good stuff here are some juicy quantum questions to ponder.
Why, you might ask, does one need quantum processing to achieve A.I.? For answering this question I remembered a Google Scholar search of the term “quantum perception” that I had done while in college preparing for a debate. I had learned of a study suggesting perception and cognition behaved using quantum mechanics. Repeating this query all these years later I find a provocative counter viewpoint, that suggests that probabilities and quantum theory are concepts of the mind altogether and are only perceived because they the nature of the mind and we aesthemamorphize our own perception of probabilities.
So now it is only a matter of time before NASA and Google have a computer that will one day be as hung up on the existential dilemma as we are. Looking back it’s funny how the term artificial intelligence nor its initials, A.I. are used once in the entire video but the video’s title and description are rather direct. It’s almost as if they are a little nervous of outright saying they have launched skynet.