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Meanwhile as everyone was busy arguing over the bread and circus elections, the CIA was busy funding a computer so powerful that it is described as “tapping into the fundamental fabric of reality” and the man who owns the company says being near one is like “standing at the altar of an alien God.”
Interestingly, the timeline given by DARPA’s “Forward to the Future” video messages, seen below, is 2045 – the theorized date of The Singularity popularized by futurist Ray Kurzweil in his 2006 book The Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology. As the title implies, The Singularity is the threshold where computer systems surpass and/or augment both the intelligence and the biological functions of the human body. It’s a process that already has begun, and DARPA is reinforcing their commitment to make it a reality by the target date.
With yearly (known) funding in the tens of billions of dollars, DARPA also receives untold funding for “black budget” secret projects not even subjected to presidential and congressional oversight. So when they cast a vision of the future, it is worth paying attention.
originally posted by: ZeussusZ
a reply to: 727Sky
Watched this a couple of weeks ago and have been thinking about it since. His prediction about robots outpacing humans in everything freaked me out. But I don't think they can outpace humans in stupidity and doing the wrong thing at the wrong time, that will probably save us
If the ‘robo-snipers’ and ‘automated kill zones’ didn’t freak you out then perhaps this will. Check out this video – DARPA’s iXo Artificial Intelligence Control Grid: 20 cyber-bugged minutes virtually adrift inside the surreal cytoplasmic warfare-obsessed cerebral distortions of DARPA’s techno-militaristic planning regime. If the war machine could dream this would surely be it. Seriously, this is some freaky-ass #. -Subtopia
originally posted by: 727Sky
a reply to: Greggers
Thank you for posting your information. I do not have any sort of computer back ground other than as an end user... I have mastered how to turn one on but myself and probably many other have no idea how far the Quantum tech stuff has advanced.
originally posted by: elysiumfire
As fascinating as the subject may be, and it is fascinating, I ponder to myself on the consequences of creating machines with high AI? If there is one aspect to today's world that stands out, it is that both ethics and morality are given little consideration.
As much as I enjoy science and the technology it builds, I do feel we are making such vast and fast strides forward in a technology sense that it is leaving behind all sense of prudence. The fact that we can create these technologies creates the unease and the worry that creating them is taking precedence over the question of if we should, or if it is right to do so?
I believe we need to maintain a balance of regulation through prudence, and ensure that we are mature enough to remain both ethical and moral as we take our giant steps forward. Certain technologies remove our 'humanity' and have a danger to make us dependent (in an addictive sense) on them being around. Science and technology should enhance us all, equally at the same time.
That first video you posted, however, is getting a lot of play on these forums because of the speaker's claims about alternate dimensions, which are simply not validated by empirical evidence at this time.
originally posted by: ChaoticOrder
a reply to: Greggers
That first video you posted, however, is getting a lot of play on these forums because of the speaker's claims about As for what he says about parallel dimensions, it is certainly an unverified claim, but it's not hard to see why someone might reach that conclusion.
I'd like to see some documentation on what sort of simulation of the entire universe would be possible with 300 qubits. I suspect it wouldn't be a very good simulation. Based on my research, it would take about 80 qubits just to simulate all the cells in the human body in real time. And here we are talking CELLS, not subatomic particles. It simply would not be possible for any computer to simulate the entire universe IN REAL TIME at a subatomic level, whether it was a quantum computer or not. I suspect you'd need to devote power to simulating only that which was being actively observed, which may in fact be what our universe does (see the double slit experiment -- in particular the delayed choice quantum eraser). Although you'd never hear me claim it was a fact, because at present it is not.
Scientists tend to believe that computing power will increase exponentially with the addition of more qubits, so something like 300 qubits would be enough to simulate every particle in the observable universe. Think about what that implies though, it means the computer is simulating a universe containing far more particles than the actual computer contains.
There's clearly something very strange happening there and it could be said that quantum computers must be exploiting parallel dimensions.
Sure. It's easy to see how a person who doesn't know any better might make the claim that quantum tunneling proves that extra-spatial dimensions exist. However, someone like the inventor of the D-Wave has an air of authority, and so people actually take him seriously. Which is really too bad, because his claims are totally unsubstantiated.
Quantum mechanics is strange, but the statement that it "must be exploiting parallel dimensions" it totally baseless. It is the "must" part I take exception to, as there are a lot of other explanations for quantum strangeness, none of them proven.