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Quantum computers vs Computers with super powers

Discussion in 'General Computer Discussions' started by Yellow Fang, 14 Jun 2018.

  1. Yellow Fang

    Yellow Fang Veteran Geek

    I was reading New Scientist this morning. There was an article on how quantum computers could beat computers with super powers at certain types of very complex tasks. I believe the computers with super powers, I am not sure really, were enhanced to perform certain algorithms. This reminded me of a book written by Roger Penrose called The Emperor's New Mind, in which he argued the brain was not like a computer, but used Quantum Gravity effects. He said he was sticking his neck out a bit (since the theory of Quantum Gravity has not been formulated yet, I would think he was sticking his neck out quite a bit). He was certainly persuasive in arguing that the human brain was not like a standard computer. It was a pretty good book, although not an easy read. It took you through the history of Physics and computer science up to the time it was written.
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  2. amusicsite

    amusicsite dn ʎɐʍ sᴉɥ┴ Staff Member

    That would make perfect sense as the best use case for quantum computing, I keep hearing, is for A.I. tasks. Which is basically mimicking the brain's ability to crunch lots of input data and make a decision. I would not at all be surprised if we work out more about how the brain works when we crack how quantum computers work.