Quantum Guru Seth Lloyd says that quantum computer can do much better science than human scientists. The reason is that science is quantum and it is weird, it is counterintuitive. That is why we are so slow on science. Once we build quantum computers in full function then we can advance in science and technology in a very fast way. This is possible only by combining artificial intelligence and quantum computer to work on science to solve all problems of humans in the most efficient way. Our future is so bright. I am so confident that we can solve our most daunting human problems. All we have to do is to realize that solution is right here and we must focus on it. We should cut back vast and stupid spending and put some effort on this amazing future to save our world. We cannot leave it to computer industry as they are stuck with their current model of profiting business and they will not turn to this quantum computer model. This computer is so powerful that one regular size quantum computer can be more than enough for each city. So the industry already knows that they have no profit in this new model. Plus it will create such artificial intelligence that will self-program new solutions to our problems and will put the money concept out of use. There will not be any chance of making profit and imposing dicta over people. So people in the control and dicta power will resist to this mega change. But it is impossible to stop this kind of forceful innovation. It is a most powerful Shumpeterian destructive innovation that is full of mega promises. I want to walk from Denmark to Turkey to tell public that we must help this innovation come as soon as possible to eliminate our horrible evil problems in this world.
Interview of Seth Lloyd conducted by Julia Cort, producer of “The Fabric of the Cosmos: Quantum Leap” on May 2, 2011 and edited by Susan K. Lewis, senior editor of NOVA Online
Do you agree with Niels Bohr [a founding father of quantum physics], who basically said, there are just some things we’re not going to understand? You just have to accept that this is the way the universe is. Or do you think that there’s a possibility that we’re going to be able to see deeper to actually understand this weirdness?
Niels Bohr made a philosophical distinction to separate the world into its quantum part and its classical part. This wasn’t a practical distinction; it was a philosophical distinction: We are classical, this is quantum mechanical, and ne’er the twain shall meet.
One of the good things about our new science and technology of quantum information processing is that we can make these worlds meet. We can forge bridges between the quantum and classical world. I would say we now have a new and potentially profound understanding of the quantum world, which would have been unimaginable to Bohr and to Einstein.
Quantum mechanics is irreducibly weird. But as we build more devices that allow us to talk with atoms and have them talk back to us, and as we learn the language of quanta, of elementary particles—electrons and atoms—we’re entering into their own world and acquiring, if you like, intuitive understanding of this weirdness that we did not possess before.
Do you find the weirdness of the quantum world a beautiful thing, or a disturbing thing, or both?
Many people find quantum weirdness disturbing. Famously, many Nobel laureates in quantum mechanics find quantum weirdness disturbing, maybe because they’ve spent so much time trying, unsuccessfully or with partial success, to bend their intuitions around that quantum weirdness.
I find it wonderful. The fact that, at bottom, things behave in a way that’s totally different from how our macroscopic intuitions want it to be, I think that’s great. That’s fantastic. I’ve always thought that my macroscopic intuition is kinda worthless [laughs] because it’s so frequently wrong. It’s a strange and fascinating and wonderful place, and the fact that it’s weird is just gravy.
My name is Robert Nowotniak, I’m a 27-years-old computer scientist and a PhD student at The Faculty of Electrical, Electronic, Computer and Control Engineering, Technical University of Lodz (TUL), Poland.
In this section of my website, I have briefly presented the basic concepts of quantum computing and the underlying principles of the future quantum computers operation. A detailed description of quantum computing can be found in my master’s thesis (sorry, in Polish only), “On The Evolutionary Design of Quantum Algorithms”, and some of my recent publications. The initial chapters of my master’s thesis are monograph of this area.
Quantum computing is located in the intersection of two fields, computer science and quantum mechanics, and it concerns the use of unique quantum mechanical systems properties to solving computational problems. For some time, it became clear that there is a class of computational problems that can be solved much more efficiently by utilizing the computational capabilities of subatomic computational systems. By applying the unique effects of quantum mechanics (such as the interference of wave functions, quantum parallelism, superposition of states, quantum entanglement and coherence), certain computational problems could be solved extremely efficiently, more effeciently than it would be ever possible with any classical computing machine. Examples of such tasks include factorization of numbers and searching an unsorted collection. In addition to algorithmic problems, the unique quantum mechanics phenomena can be applied in information theory (quantum teleportation protocol[1,2,3], superdense coding), which has a huge impact on cryptography and cryptoanalysis. Also, quantum computing principles can be applied in game theory and artificial intelligence[5,6,17]. According to some hypotheses (especially, due to Penrose[12,13] and Hameroff[8,9]), quantum effects may be necessary to explain the non-algorithmic mysteries of the human mind, human consciousness, imagination and intelligence. On the other hand, Artificial Intelligence provides methods for semi-automatic design of quantum algorithms[5,6], which by their nature are non-intuitive and difficult to handle for the human mind. Consequently, quantum computing and artificial intelligence mutually inspire and enrich each other.