Does natural intelligence involve superposition states?

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about artificial intelligence and I have a hunch that what separates natural intelligence from the artificial variety is that the former includes what I might term “superpositional thinking” in that it simultaneously can consider multiple possibilities without necessarily being pre-programed to do so.  As such, I think (and, again, it’s just a hunch at this point) that realistic AI will require quantum computers since, unlike classical computers, they allow for the existence of superposition states.  But it’s just a hunch…

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5 Responses to “Does natural intelligence involve superposition states?”

  1. Hi Ian – Though you may have already glanced at it, we’ve been exploring this area in IJTP and the recent NATO ASI workshop. Tuszynski‘s work on conduction pathways in microtubules and information processing is also an interesting angle.

  2. Hi Ian – Though you may have already glanced at it, we’ve been exploring this area in IJTP and the recent NATO ASI workshop. Tuszynski‘s work on conduction pathways in microtubules and information processing is also an interesting angle.

  3. quantummoxie Says:

    Wow, that’s awesome! I’ve become particularly interested in AI lately so I’ll have to read those papers. I’ve been working lately on understanding how the various resource trade-offs such as ebits, refbits, etc. all relate and I’m thinking there must be some sort of related resource trade-off involved in AI.

    Oh, and sorry your post didn’t show up immediately. The spam filter tagged it as spam for some reason.

  4. Very interesting and helpful post.
    Thx, your blog in my RSS reader now 😉

  5. Oh! Great job!
    Very good and useful post.
    Thx, your blog in my Google reader now
    We’ll expect many new interesting posts from you 😉

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