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PopSci Q&A: Seth Lloyd Talks Quantum Computing and Quoogling

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Seth Lloyd, director of the Center for Extreme Quantum Information Theory at MIT, answers some (very) big questions, about his beer keg superconductors and our quantum universe.
 
This is private browsing on a new level.
Yeah, and actually I took the idea to Sergey Brin and Larry Page [of Google], and I said, "Hey dudes, we came up with this awesome idea for quantum Internet. How would you like to fund this or buy the company?" And they came back and said, "We're really sorry, but our whole business plan is based on knowing everything about everybody. So this goes against our business plan."

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The questions and answers in this interview are reasonably simple and straight-forward. Like: "What would you ask a quantum computer universe-replica? I'd ask it normal things I ask the universe -- like, Why? But I still wouldn't expect much of an answer."

There is so extremely much about our universe that we don't know. And there are things about the universe that, if we knew the answer, the answer wouldn't make any sense to anybody, because the universe is so complicated that we don't know how to ask the question in a way that might make sense. And maybe we just plain can't comprehend the answer in any form.

One simple question is, do parallel universes exist? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multiverse. Google it. There is reasonably solid mathematical evidence that an infinite number of parallel universes exist. If something like this is true even to some small extent, quantum computing may only serve to mix us all up, because you would need a quantum computer to the quantum computer exponential to cover it all.

And what about the AI (artificial intelligence) question? At what point might the accessing of such an immense amount of info actually awaken AI? Are we nearing the point where we will be awakening Satan up out of the abyss as recorded in the Revelation of the Bible, which will to happen at the end of the millennium?

Of course, the point that FP is making by posting this article is the one about the Google search engine people. They have the answer right. There is no use finding out about a "multiverse" when you don't understand the information you are finding out about. So let's simply stick to the answers that we DO understand. Like what everybody in the whole world is thinking about.

The scary thing is that a quantum computer might figure all of that out long before Google can record the knowledge, first-hand, from the people.


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