As you probably know, personal computers have evolved a long way in a short period of time, and they are increasingly becoming more powerful everyday. Regardless, it’s always been the developers who assumes the role of master when developing a computer program. Programming a computer program to behave more like a human in today’s technology is extremely difficult.
Programs can only execute processes created by humans; thus, PCs are limited to following orders by developers, and cannot make their own decisions. This limitation is preventing artificial intelligence to develop in the way developers want. However, the evolution of the computer has just begun, and a solution to the limited creativity problem that computers have is closer to being resolved. Google Inc. , famous website search engine and the Android Operating system designer plans to create an artificial intelligence engine through the use of Quantum Computers. Google buys quantum computers for AI development is the first step to changing the world. Can you imagine what that would this entail? Will computers or robots finally be able to start campaigns to obtain equal robot rights in the future?
What are Quantum Computers?
A Quantum Computer is a new type of computer that processes information differently than our Personal Computer used at home, and office. Instead of encoding data into binary digits (bits) like personal computers do, Quantum Computers use the quantum properties of atoms to represent data in what is called a Qubit. ie., the spin of an electron can be represented as a Qubit. While the classical computer is limited to the states of true and false, a quantum computer can utilize the probability of true, false, and both. Qubits can exist in more than one state at the same time, and allow a gradient of possibilities rather than just black and white probabilities. Quantum computers provides artificial intelligence development a base to start from. Human brains do not think on a two state process, and are much more complex. The ability to learn requires a magnitude of possibilities which Qubits allow.
Google buys quantum computers for AI development- First Step
Google recently purchased a quantum computer from D-Wave Systems for $15 million dollars and will be installing it at the new Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab at NASA Ames Research Center in Morfett Field, California. The device will be up and running in fall of 2013. Google plans to develop Artificial Intelligence using Quantum Computers. NASA is teaming up with Google’s Research and Development team to solve the creativity problem. There are lots of potential applications with Quantum Computing– from simulating reality to artificial intelligence; however, Google’s objective is to start with artificial intelligence. Google can engineer an artificial intelligence engine that will behave like a human, but what are the implications?
The implications of an artificial intelligence engine
The fact that Google buys quantum computers for AI development is just the beginning of something greater. Just imagine invited into Google headquarters to see the Google CEO. The receptionist leads you to a huge quantum computer. Since Google is an extremely popular website search engine, they can integrating the information of the world-wide web into an continously learning artificial intelligence engine. With the information of the world-wide web already available to the program, the program will hold many advantages that humans lack. Computer programs can be backed up and cloned when there is a hardware failure, whereas, humans are not capable of such functionality. Google can use this to create a powerful intelligence network to allow to change the way we search for information today. So if Google is successful in solving the computer creativity problem, this new development will force us to realized the limitations of the human race. Although there are still many economic complications. This may drive humans into the era of the Human augmentations — the idea of combining machines and humans together, and the birth of Androids and robotics. Our future perception of reality will be changed and humans will have to face the ethical and philosophical issues that arise due to this recent development.