November 27, 2022

Is a Brain Quantum Computing Interface Possible?

Futurists aren’t sleeping on the convergence of quantum computing, A.I. and decentralized networks.

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Fundamentally people manipulate language and symbols likely using quantum mechanics. Here’s a thought experiment for you, if you believe in UFOs – how do you suppose their navigators control such flying instruments? It could very be well be via a quantum computing brain-computer-interface.

If quantum computers are successfully built and eventually fully come online, they will be able to tackle certain classes of problems that elude classical computers. And they may be the computational tool needed to fully understand and simulate the brain. Not only this they might enable people to control a quantum internet of things in a new era of ambient computing.

Here we are talking about recurrent quantum neural network (RQNN). We know with EEG it’s indeed possible. At the United Kingdom’s University of Plymouth, a Ph.D. student is sitting at a computer, eyes closed as if he’s meditating, but guess what – he’s manipulating an electroencephalogram (EEG) reader that’s sensing the electrical activity passing over his scalp.

In front of him, on the monitor, there’s an image of a wireframe globe with two points marked “1” and “0.” In the center of the globe, like a clock with a single hand, is an arrow that oscillates between the two points. As the student changes his expression from one of relaxation to one of wide-eyed agitation, the arrow twitches and moves. Every several seconds, he enters a new digit. The moral of the story is that as the BCI evolves and as quantum computing evolves, the two are likely to intersect into a new kind of interface with technology.

By 2045 I believe we’ll have a pretty sophisticated ability to manipulate quantum computing with our thoughts and brain states.

A Brain computer interface (BCI) is a direct communication between computer(s) and the human brain. It is a communication system that facilitates the external device control by using signals measured from the brain.

Image: University of Plymouth

Quantum Brain Network – QBriN for short

Welcome to the somewhat shaky, albeit tentative steps of the world of quantum programming by way of brain-computer interface. According to its creators, it’s the start of construction of what one particular team calls the Quantum Brain Network (abbreviated to QBraiN). And it’s got the potential to do a bunch of things that are worth getting excited about.

Read the Paper

https://arxiv.org/abs/2106.12295

When we think of the future of quantum computing we have to let go of how we used to manipulate computers at the beginning of the internet. We will outgrow such modes of physical manipulation as our understanding of neuroscience, quantum computing, artificial intelligence and brain-computer-interfaces improve.

The Quantum Brain Networks (QBraiNs) could easily become a new interdisciplinary field that integrates knowledge and methods from neurotechnology, artificial intelligence, and quantum computing. It’s inevitably very human to augment oneself with AI and quantum computing apparently in the future.

The Trinity of Transhumanism

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Quantum Computing
  • Neuroscience and the human interface

A BCI is fancy terminology for a way of controlling a computer using brain signals. But as we being to understand our own brain better, simultaneously we’ll be developing artificial intelligence and quantum computers, until a mysterious convergence of the three fields will overlap. And it is one of the most exciting developments in the 21st century!

The objective is to develop an enhanced connectivity between the human brain and quantum computers for a variety of disruptive applications. I think we can all foresee the emergence of hybrid classical-quantum networks of wetware and hardware nodes, mediated by machine learning techniques and brain-machine interfaces.

This is why some of us are so excited about quantum computing and augmenting ourselves with artificial intelligence in some manner that eludes us today that could potentially enlighten us in the future. If you enjoy concepts like these you might enjoy my Newsletter on artificial intelligence called AiSupremacy.

AI Supremacy

While I hope to cover many startups in the Quantum Computing space in this Newsletter called Quantum Foundry, I want to write some Op-Eds as well about the potential future and convergence of said technologies, as I am primary an ameatur futurist.

Researchers are starting to piece together tantalizing bits of evidence that the human nervous system uses light for information processing. Quantum Brain Networks or Quantum Computing Brain Interfaces (QCBIs) could potentially harness and transform in unprecedented ways arts, science, technologies, and entrepreneurship, in particular activities related to medicine, Internet of humans, intelligent devices, sensorial experience, gaming, Internet of things, crypto trading, and business.

What would the Metaverse look like if the intermediary was not VR manipulated by facial expressions but a further interaction of a quantum internet of some kind where A.I. was “everywhere” and we manipulated our environments in smart cities either physical or virtual, with unprecedented ease, fluidity and intimacy?

While every device with a manual input is technically controlled by the brain – albeit usually via an intermediary like fingers or voice – a BCI makes it possible to send these commands to the outside world without having to first output from the brain to peripheral nerves or muscles. What would a world without smartphones, thumb tapping and hand held mouses feel like?

As we learn more about artificial intelligence, quantum computing and neuroscience and our brain itself, we need to think about where it is leading us as people in a world that’s more interconnected and in a galaxy that’s becoming more like something we might participate in one day.

Several Universities are working on the kind of research that will indeed lead to breakthroughs in the BCI having apps in quantum computing. This is the kind of technology that could allow forms of collective decision making and organization far superior to the Microsoft Teams and Zoom calls of today.

So why is quantum computing potentially a way to unlock the augmentation of artificial intelligence for people? First proposed in the 1980s, although only now starting to become a technical reality, quantum computing refers to a completely new approach to computer architecture.

It will not only be far more powerful than existing classical computers, but will also make it possible to achieve things that would be impossible even with millions of today’s supercomputers chained together.

1980 – Quantum computing began in 1980 when physicist Paul Benioff proposed a quantum mechanical model of the Turing machine. Richard Feynman and Yuri Manin later suggested that a quantum computer had the potential to simulate things a classical computer could not feasibly do.

1998 – In 1998 Isaac Chuang of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Neil Gershenfeld of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Mark Kubinec of the University of California at Berkeley created the first quantum computer (2-qubit) that could be loaded with data and output a solution.

2022 – Nearly twenty-five years later society is starting to understand how as a species we’ll be growing up increasingly with A.I. and quantum computing. Instead of some speculative singularity of AGI, people will crave to augment themselves with these new capabilities and tools of computing.

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The Metaverse isn’t just meeting online, it’s fundamentally about augmenting ourselves with A.I. capabilities.

The A.I. Arms Race Might turn to the Trinity as the Holy Grail of Human Augmentation

However, while BCIs and quantum computers are undoubtedly promising technologies emerging at the same point in history, the question is why bring them together?

I believe that quantum computing and A.I will be complementary and be able to do things together what was not possible before.

Many Universities in America and China today are simultaneously realizing that ‘brain quantum-computer interfaces’, as soon as quantum computers become widely available, resulting in real-time apparatus aren’t just inevitable but will be powerful tools that can be leveraged for economic, technological and scientific advantages for whoever gets there first.

Quantum machine learning promises to exponentially speed up classical AI functions. But how people will weaponize and utilize it in real-time is also quite interesting. How will people harness these new apparent super-powers of AI powered by quantum computing? It won’t just be to immerse ourselves in some virtual Metaverse for entertainment, convenience, sport of escape.

Neutral Interface Quantum Computers

https://arxiv.org/abs/2201.00817

This group I have cited are a consortium of researchers from the U.K.’s University of Plymouth, Spain’s University of Valencia and University of Seville, Germany’s Kipu Quantum, and China’s Shanghai University. They represent just one of the groups who are working on this.

In a paper published in early 2022, the aforementioned consortium of researchers write that: “We foresee the development of highly connected networks of wetware and hardware devices, processing classical and quantum computing systems, mediated by brain-computer interfaces and A.I. Such networks will involve unconventional computing systems and new modalities of human-machine interaction.”

Future Prospects

How much will our descendants want to mesh themselves with A.I., quantum computing, VR and decentralized quantum networks? Likely about as much as we like video games, wear glasses and enjoy the facility of information exchange that some social networks on the internet provide.

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