Artificial Intelligence & Quantum Computing; Can we create a self-aware computer?
Putting aside at the moment whether we should create sentient computers, the ability is there. So let’s see how this would happen, for both quantum computers and AI share a trait: exponential growth. Sentience in technology means that machines can make independent decisions with the same accuracy as a human can. Artificial Intelligence is no longer a science-fiction topic. The Turing test, previously thought unsolvable, tries to make a robot and human indistinguishable was first passed in 2014, creating a suitable sentient computer. Before, AI was only reserved to those willing to spend enormous amounts of time and money to research, but now, Google Cloud AutoML allows people with limited machine learning knowledge to access Artificial Intelligence algorithms.
Like AI, Quantum Computers are also growing exponentially. With its ability to run many simulations and probabilities on big data and previously uncategorizable
information, Quantum Computers soon it will extract data that we humans will not be able to comprehend. It has been said that once quantum computers reach 60 qubits, they will be more powerful than every supercomputer in the world combines. We need to be able to contact and understand quantum computers, and Artificial Intelligence provides that. Advanced AI needs to be created that can interpret quantum machines so that we can achieve the full potential of Quantum. Concepts such as self-replicating AI can help develop algorithms to harness the power of quantum computing, so that it can work practically and efficiently for us.
Then we must ask the question: Will quantum computers evolve to have consciousness? Will they be highly interactive, a kind of genius chatbot? Is consciousness computable?
According to research, consciousness is not an NP problem, but it is on the border of computable and uncomputable, and quantum computers may be able to pass that boundary. As with startups for health information, new companies such as Rigetti are using clustering algorithms, which group relevant data together through artificial intelligence, to breach this boundary. To match the flow, speed, and extensive data, we need to upgrade either ourselves or an assistant, like a librarian, to interpret, decode, synthesize and then explain to us, so we have access and understanding. How do we keep up to speed with these computers? How do we maintain importance in this world? These are questions for not only computer scientists but also philosophers; they speak about the future of the human species (child eats parent).
This sentient AI, instead of becoming an adversary to humankind, could be our cranky but very diligent and precise librarian. She loves what she is doing and guides us through the stacks and deeper levels of her books, to understand where to find things, and how to access and read the extensive catalog system that quantum computing will develop. The growing, faster and faster — a vast almost cosmic reservoir of information and knowledge. If we cannot access this new library, it will become meaningless to us. And then we become meaningless.