A prototype quantum processor with 50 quantum bits, called qubits has been developed, demonstrating a new milestone in technological advancement, however, can the processing of 1s and 0s ever compare to human intelligence?
Quantum computers work a little like universal consciousness, however, unlike standard bits, which represent either 0 or 1, qubits can indicate a combination of the two, using what’s called a quantum superposition – the very same phenomenon that was demonstrated in the famous double slit experiment which proved that matter is neither particles nor waves, but both, and neither.
Though this technology does allow quantum computers to perform certain kinds of calculations more quickly, it doesn’t necessarily give the computer human discernment, emotion, or guidance which exists beyond the merely technical and logical intelligence.
Human intelligence, at least so far, outperforms even quantum computers. For example, mere algorithms cannot be compared to human judgement and discernment.
An AI computer that has been installed in a super soldier, for example, to kill only enemies, cannot possibly discern subtleties involved in a peaceful surrender, or pick out an innocent clone or lookalike that isn’t really the person being targeted. And in a recent study, even with massive computing power available in most search engines, a network of human engineers, scientists, and experts in a variety of disciplines were able to come up with multiple, novel solutions to a proposed problem, just with their “boots on the ground” skin-and-bones wisdom.
What’s more, no one really knows how the most advanced algorithms do what they do – so we have no way of judging if this “intelligence” is helpful or harmful.
The process of a computer teaching itself to do something that humans do, like drive a car, is called deep learning, but so far, it isn’t accountable to anyone.
Comparatively, when a human being makes a choice, we hold that person accountable for their actions, and following the rules of karma, they hold themselves to the same rules.
Already, mathematical models are being used to help determine who makes parole, who’s approved for a loan, and who gets hired for a job. Not that this process isn’t flawed in human beings, but it is at least traceable to the original person making these decisions, which again causes us to do all our human business beneath the umbrella of accountability.
With quantum computing it is likely we could get so technologically advanced, but without any checks and balances to the system. Also, dependent upon the engineer or scientists who “teaches” the computer its initial programming, or method of deep learning, it may come with inherent biases and philosophies that do not serve human kind at large.
People like Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk have warned against AI. Stephen Hawking has said, “The development of artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race,” and Musk has said, “A.I. is a fundamental risk to civilization.”
Even a co-founder of Facebook (widely known for using AI technology) Sean Parker, has stated that the platform was created to occupy as much of your conscious reality as possible. He said in a rare admission, “It [technology of social media} literally changes your relationship with society,” and “damages “human brains.”
It begs the question: Is this all part of the transhumanist agenda?
Transhumanists believe that humans should be augmented and upgraded like a computer, but its detractors are concerned that this attitude gives carte blanc to people in power to exploit the weak and poor, cut us off from our spiritual intelligence, lose our rare human gifts of love and compassion in the attempt to make only logical, algorithmically based decisions, put us all under mass surveillance by the machines given dominance in society, and more.
Moreover, AI may have loads of intelligence, but does it have consciousness? And since we’ve learned that consciousness creates reality, how might rogue AI computing, even at the quantum level, discount the laws of conscious creation?
“Science cannot solve the ultimate mystery of nature. And that is because, in the last analysis, we are a part of the mystery that we are trying to solve.” ~ Max Planck