Quantum Computing : A preliminary research analysis report

post by Jsevillamol · 2019-11-05T14:25:41.628Z · EA · GW · None comments

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Quite recently, Google released a paper claiming to have build a programmable quantum computer capable of solving in 20 milliseconds a sampling problem that would take 2.5 days to solve in the fastest 2019 supercomputer.

Among its potential uses, Quantum Computing (QC) will allow breaking classical cryptographic codes, simulate large quantum systems and faster search and optimization.

This could have implications on some of the areas of interest to a long termist, including in Artificial Intelligence, Biosecurity and Atomically Precise Manufactoring - as well as presenting new technological risks (such as undermining the current infrastructure for online transactions).

In response to the recent developments in the field and the above considerations, I resolved to discuss the relevance of Quantum Computing (QC) from the point of view of a philanthropist, as to better understand the risks and benefits posed by this technology.

A summary of the main conclusions I reached is reproduced below. You can see the full report here. Suggestions and comments are welcome!

Executive summary

In this summary I have given guesses on what is worth funding. Researchers may want to look into the sections they are considering investigating themselves for open questions.

This article was written by Jaime Sevilla. This work was partially supported by the Future of Humanity Institute summer fellowship program and partly by a grant made by the Effective Altruism Foundation.

I want to thank Pablo Moreno for discussion on Quantum Computing, Jassi Pannu and Gregory Lewis for discussion on biological risks, Eric Drexler for discussion on Atomically Precise Manufacturing, Max Daniel for mentorship and Luisa Rodriguez for general feedback.

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