All that glitters is not quantum AI


Why hasn't the field of artificial intelligence created the equivalent of human intelligence? Is it because the problem, "artificial general intelligence," isn't well understood, or is because we just need much faster computers, specifically quantum computers? The latter view is the source of a vibrant field of research, "Quantum Machine Learning," or QML. But a bit of skepticism is warranted. "We need to look through a skeptical eye at the idea that quantum makes things faster and therefore can make machine learning advances," says Jennifer Fernick, the head of engineering at NCC Group, a cyber-security firm based in Manchester, U.K. Fernick was a keynote speaker a week ago at the O'Reilly A.I. conference in New York.