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Quantum Computing, General Artificial Intelligence, and the Supremacy of Deep Mind

Len Batterson, July 31, 2023

VCapital CEO Len Batterson on the deep topic of quantum computing.

IBM announced that they had created the first quantum computer to solve a real problem in physics, establishing a new era in computing. While this was a small quantum computer composed of just several hundred qubits, it solved a physics problem that had eluded the most powerful classical supercomputers. 

As quantum computers scale larger and are composed of more qubits, they will soon have the capacity to perform nanosecond computations that the most powerful supercomputer could never solve or would take 10,000 years or more to solve. The real-world applications for this high-powered quantum computer will be many, from discovering new drugs to new advanced materials to applications that can only be dimly perceived. When the first smartphone was released, the applications were few, and the major applications took a decade or more to be realized, as it will be with a quantum computer.  

A Chicago-based quantum computer development company EeroQ has developed a technology that can be scaled to over 10,000 qubits within two years.  A qubit is a quantum bit that can be in several states simultaneously, such as one and zero, resulting in exponential computing power. Within the decade, it will likely be possible to scale a quantum computer to a million or more qubits which could put a quantum computer on a chip the size of half a thumbnail.

Another technology that will take considerable advantage of quantum computing is general artificial intelligence (GAI). Further enhanced by a quantum computer, GAI will bring in the era of generative AI, which has the human mind's reasoning and intuitive ability.  At this stage, generative AI will have reached the stage of quantum supremacy. Recent research at the University of Chicago has shown that a quantum computer will rapidly advance generative AI and is compatible with and rapidly contributing to the creation of generative AI. These technological advancements could happen faster than humans can comprehend, making incorporating them into life and society challenging. 

Within the next several years, it is also predicted that quantum computing and generative AI will exceed the problem-solving ability of the world’s best mathematicians. Mathematics is critical because it proves that human concepts and ideas are true. Powered by quantum computing and the resulting generative AI, quantum computers will have the ability to not only solve a mathematical theorem by itself, providing a further exact window into nature, but also the capability to create new mathematical theorems that will reveal nature's deepest secrets. 

The deep mind is much closer than we can imagine, and our next-generation computers are about to imagine it.