Over on Technology Review in Practical Quantum Computers author Russ Juskalian writes about a development in quantum computer technology. As I understand it, with stable qubits the qc can perform at a level no binary computer can approach. Add to this a new sort of electronics that acts as a sort of artificial synapse and you get what I consider an interesting possibility.
That is, adapt the AS to use qubits instead of bits.
According to the Futurism article, the new synapse means a smarter computer. At least a more capable one. Make it a qubit AS and with enough of them in operation you may have something that is self-aware. We may get commercial grade QCs in about five years. How much longer until something like the artificial synapse becomes part of a QC, then a sentient machine comes online?
My last puzzlement is this; is it possible to make a room temperature quantum computer? If it is picture handheld devices able to handle the sort of data today’s supercomputers have trouble with. Sentient smartphones that engage their owner in conversation and help him navigate through life.
Then they network
Think of an Internet where information is accurate and kept up to date. A search engine you can rely on. A network of brains that keep us informed, and with advanced nanotechnology keeps track of infrastructure and properly maintains it. A network where science advances and subjects we now consider unclean are taken into consideration and our knowledge expands.
I can see a lot of potential here, and I also see a variant on a saying of Arthur C. Clarke’s. He said, ”Any sufficiently advanced technology is virtually indistinguishable from magic.”
Now think about ”entanglement”, the notion that two entangled objects — usually two sub-atomic particles — remain entangled even when physically separated. Then consider the Law of Contagion, a law of magic. In magical contagion two objects once in contact remain in contact and thus take on the nature of the other — something you see with homeopathy’s Law of Similars. What affects the one also affects the other. When you get right down to it, any sufficiently advanced science is magic. Disturbing isn’t it?
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