UFO Conjectures

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

A sidebar to UFOs: Quantum Computing

Because quantum computing came up in commentary here, causing a stir, I've found two links to "clarify" the matter.

First a general piece on Quantum Computing via Wikipedia:


And a link to the economic (marketing) aspects of Quantum Computing:


(I have little to no idea what any of this means, nor how it pertains to the UFO phenomenon, but some visiting here do, and I input this for them, as an offset to those who think quantum computing is a joke.)



  • RR:

    Dvelys raised the issue of quantum computing (along with machine learning) in the thread spooling out from your post pounding some straw man named "Bryan Sentes".

    You followed it up calling the dismissal of the faith that quantum computing is inevitable idiotic.

    I'm disappointed your curiosity doesn't extend to searching beyond that not even tertiary source Wikipedia to five minutes' effort (that's what it took me) to find at least two articles from within the last year by knowledgeable authors concerning the perhaps unsurpassable difficulties the project faces.

    Here's one: https://cacm.acm.org/magazines/2019/5/236426-quantum-hype-and-quantum-skepticism/fulltext

    Footnote (a) links to an even stronger consideration.

    Dvelys raised this issue in support (I guess) that computers might some day speak like we do, though, as usual, he failed to actually construct an argument, making clear how machine learning and quantum computing might actually answer the objections I raised.

    Sorry for my unquiet afterlife. Hopefully someone will hire a psychic to help me make it over finally to other side.

    By Blogger Bryan Sentes, at Thursday, September 05, 2019  

  • An encouraging discussion here: https://youtu.be/vfJuvNuSPKw

    By Blogger Dvelys, at Thursday, September 05, 2019  

  • 25 minutes in... Correct me if I'm wrong, Dvelys, but the whole conversation is premissed on the realization of quantum computing, right, that quantum computing is a forgone conclusion? Namely, on the premise in question here.

    Moreover, the whole conversation is in terms of data, functions, and computation, which never escapes the category of syntax, and so never arrives at the heart of the matter of whether AI can ever be linguistic (let alone conscious) like we are, namely that of semantics (intention, meaning).

    Did you even bother to read the article by Dyakonov?

    One of the virtues of text, by the way, is its _spatio_-temporality: one can scan for pertinent information, then go back as easily, etc. Is the discussion premissed on the reality or possible realization of quantum computing? Are the very real physical, engineering problems addressed or even raised? What assumptions are made about "intelligence", machine or human? etc. It's also easily citable...

    By Blogger Bryan Sentes, at Friday, September 06, 2019  

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