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Former Android Chief Talks Future AI And Quantum Computing

By Victor Thomson , Jun 16, 2016 05:10 AM EDT
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In a speech at the 2016 Bloomberg Tech Conference, the former Android chief, Andy Rubin, spoke about the combination of the artificial intelligence (A.I.) and quantum computing into a wildly powerful central A.I. that will power just about everything.

According to Android Headlines, in Andy Rubin's vision, just in case, this A.I. would be subject to some sort of kill switch. Given recent progress in machine learning and neural networking, Rubin's vision may not be too far-fetched.

Depending on who you ask, the concept of the current computers and smartphones being replaced by a massively powerful artificial intelligence sounds either pretty nice or scary. However, not everybody will be able to have direct access to a quantum supercomputer and use its massive A.I. power. Some users will have to depend instead on lesser devices with the ability to access the central A.I. at high speeds.

In Rubin's vision, artificial intelligence and quantum computing are complementary technologies. He also sees robots as having their own place somewhere in the mix, as "walking sensors."

Rubin is not only talking about such future developments, but he also is actively trying to make them happen. He owns a venture capital firm called Playground Global that is investing in quantum computing startups.

Rubin said that one of these companies is working on a quantum computing solution that could set the stage and bring quantum computing to the mainstream. According to Engadget, this firm is looking to find a way to produce quantum computing devices with the manufacturing processes in use today.

According to Rubin, since new computing platforms "happen every 10 to 12 years," it's time already to start building quantum computers for running A.I. systems. By using the power of atoms and molecules, these quantum computers will be able to perform tasks much faster than typical computers. Several organizations, including MIT and Google, have already managed to create simple versions of quantum computers.

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