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    Quantum Computing: Redefining the Future of Technology

    ByThemba Hadebe

    Nov 19, 2023
    Quantum Computing: Redefining the Future of Technology

    Renowned physicist Michio Kaku challenges the media’s fascination with generative A.I. technologies like ChatGPT, referring to them as “glorified tape recorders.” While acknowledging their ability to generate content, Kaku highlights their limitations in distinguishing truth from falsehood by merely piecing together snippets of information sourced from the web.

    These sentiments echo the observations made by former Google AI researcher Meredith Whittaker, who perceives these chatbots as a distorted reflection of the internet’s cumulative knowledge over the past two decades.

    However, Kaku, an expert in particle physics and string theory, directs attention to the impending revolution of quantum computing. With their ability for parallel processing, quantum computers closely mimic the intricate simultaneous reactions of the human brain. Unlike traditional computers, these advanced machines leverage qubits at ultra-low temperatures to calculate probabilities rather than fixed outcomes. This unique approach positions quantum computers to address challenges that even the most advanced supercomputers currently struggle to tackle.

    Quantum computing has the potential to redefine the future of technology as we know it. With their incredible processing power and ability to solve complex problems, these machines could revolutionize fields such as cryptography, drug discovery, optimization, and artificial intelligence.


    1. What is generative A.I. technology?
    Generative A.I. technology refers to systems and algorithms that have the ability to create content, such as text, images, or music, based on patterns and data they have been trained on.

    2. What are qubits?
    Qubits are the fundamental units of quantum information that quantum computers use to perform calculations. Unlike classical computers, which use binary digits (bits) that can represent a 0 or 1, qubits can exist in a superposition of both states simultaneously, enabling quantum computers to process information more efficiently.

    – Quantum computing basics: https://www.ibm.com/quantum-computing/learn/what-is-quantum-computing/
    – Introduction to generative A.I.: https://deepai.org/machine-learning-glossary-and-terms/generative-ai