Whistleblower: Google Will Enslave The Planet With A.I. Surveillance & Quantum Supremacy
Whistleblower: Google Is Developing AI for 'Planetary Surveillance'
Former Google senior software developer and whistleblower Zach Vorhies appeared on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Tonight with host Rebecca Mansour Friday to discuss Google’s relationship with Communist China and the company’s artificial intelligence project DeepMind, which has been called the “AI Manhattan Project.” DeepMind disputed Vorhies’ comments in a statement to Breitbart News, saying it does not have operations in China.
Mansour asked Vorhies about Google’s business engagements in China.
“Google has gotten in trouble in the past for doing business with the Communist government of China,” Mansour said. “And I wanted to ask you were those efforts ongoing when you were with the company? Can you give us any insight into that? Because it was quite troubling.”
“So Google bought this AI company called DeepMind,” Vorhies replied. “Let me just put it in plain language what that is, DeepMind was creating a god-like AI system that is able to ingest the available public information on the internet and make sense of it. Think of it like Amazon Alexa except much much much more intelligent. This AI system was moved out of the UK I believe and placed into China, and it’s been dubbed the AI Manhattan Project.”
DeepMind disputed Vorhies’ comments in a statement to Breitbart News. A DeepMind spokesperson said: “DeepMind is a scientific research organisation headquartered in the UK and does not have operations in China.”
Vorhies continued: “Peter Thiel — he accused Google of acting in a treasonous way. This is how serious this project is. It’s the most sophisticated and advanced AI project in the world made by an American company and placed in China.”
Vorhies stated: “When people think of surveillance they usually think of country surveillance. This is planetary surveillance of all information that is available on the surface web and also any sources that it can get in the deep web and utilizing Google’s extensive deep analysis of its book scanning stuff. So think of the Library of Alexandria of all available websites that you can search for and all that data gets fused together and a decision-making process gets formed because of that. This is essentially what the Google DeepMind project is all about.”
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Update — Following the publication of this piece, DeepMind contacted Breitbart News to dispute the accuracy of the statements made by Zach Vorhies during the interview. Specifically, DeepMind disputes Vorhies’ statement that the project has moved its operation to China.
A DeepMind spokesperson told Breitbart News: “DeepMind is a scientific research organisation headquartered in the UK and does not have operations in China.”
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Google has reached quantum supremacy – here's what it should do next
Quantum computing is now ready to go – or is it? Google appears to have reached an impressive milestone known as quantum supremacy, where a quantum computer is able to perform a calculation that is practically impossible for a classical one. But there are plenty of hurdles left to jump over before the technology hits the big time.
For a start, the processors need to be more powerful. Unlike classical computers, which store data as either a 0 or a 1, quantum computers use qubits that store data as a mixture of these two states.
Google’s quantum computer, called Sycamore, consisted of only 54 qubits – one of which didn’t work. For quantum computers to really come into their own, they will probably need thousands.
But scaling up the number of qubits won’t be easy. Qubits must be isolated from vibrations as they can be easily disturbed, and there are many competing ideas on how best to do this. As well as Google, IBM, Microsoft, Intel and others are all looking at how to advance the technology.
Also, on the quantum computer to-do list is error correcting codes. Classical computers have mechanisms to make sure that when little mistakes happen they are automatically rectified.
The same will be needed for quantum computers, especially considering the delicate nature of qubits. In 2016, a team from Yale University showed that error correction is possible with at least one type of qubit – although not the type used by Google. The challenge now is to build a quantum computer that has quantum supremacy, as well as error correcting codes.
The final, and perhaps biggest, next step is to actually do something useful. Google’s quantum computer tackled a task called a random circuit sampling problem. In such a problem, after a series of calculations each qubit outputs a 1 or 0. The aim is to calculate the probability of each possible outcome occurring.
Google says Sycamore was able to find the answer in just a few minutes – a task it estimates would take 10,000 years on the most powerful supercomputer. Although that is impressive, there is no practical use for it.
“We shouldn’t get too carried away with this,” says Ciarán Gilligan-Lee at University College London. This is an important step in the era of quantum computing, but there’s still a long way to go, he says.
The hope is that quantum computers could eventually help revolutionise our understanding of chemistry and material science by performing simulations that are too complicated for classical computers. “There are certain quantities that you’d like to know that you can’t easily learn from experiment and can’t calculate with supercomputers today. This is where quantum computers can help,” says Scott Aaronson at the University of Texas at Austin.
Quantum computers could also be used to crack some forms of encryption that keep the internet secure. However, people are already working on alternatives that wouldn’t be so easily broken.