Quantum Mechanics To End Human Autonomy

Will Quantum Mechanical Phenomena End Human Autonomy and Radically Change Labour Markets?

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Concerns that AI and Machine Learning will replace human cognitive skills and decision making.

Ultra low-latency, high level computing has the potential to disrupt industries from pharmaceuticals to air travel. This is leading to increased concerns on the longer term transformative effect on both the human capacity to think independently, along with the wider effects on changes within global labour markets.

At the core, quantum physics is at play, enabling computers to utilise quantum computing to operate free of the structure of binary values, leading to more powerful and quicker processing than ever before. 

With the near exponential growth in technological advancement, in the not too distant future it is anticipated that a fully functioning and ultra precise quantum super computer would comprise over 3000 quantum bits, with more computing power than any known present day computer hardware, enabling ever more complex problems to be solved through combined advanced algorithms.  

This new wave of quantum computing presents with more than just solutions to managing big data. Along with the ramping up of processing power comes the need for ever more advanced form of encryption methods to safeguard data. On the human level, many AI experts that we have spoken to during the course of our work at Avellio are concerned about the impact this is going to have on ‘free will and determinism’ in the future for people. 

This leads to the argument the one of ‘can we harness computing power to predict the future with absolute certainty?’. There is little reason to suggest that, with enough computer processing power behind the inputting of a data that creates a complete map of our natural world, that the events could not be predicted to the degree that a logical conclusion could be returned, this predicting the future with precision accuracy. 

In contrast with mathematical order, comes chaos and unpredictability in nature. Chaotic behaviour is the first natural law, with constant interplay between cause and effect resulting in a myriad of incalculable and imponderable outcomes - for example, with traffic delaying your journey to the airport you miss your flight, only to avoid a catastrophic plane crash hours later, or not. This narrow margin, call it fate or luck, is entirely down to the seemingly random unpredictability of nature, which leads to suggest that predicting the future with absolute certainty and complete accuracy is impossible. Therefore, free will and determinism is likely guaranteed, especially so from quantum computing. Thats not to say that one day there is a convergence towards total singularity, and therefore predictability. 

Steven Thomas