(ORDO NEWS) — In one of the laboratories of the University of Plymouth in the United Kingdom, exciting experiments are underway to unite a person and a computer. And not an ordinary, but a quantum computer.
Quite an unusual combination, you see. However, in the near future we will be able to control the work of quantum computers with the power of thought. How it will be is still unclear.
A man sits at a computer with his eyes closed, as if meditating. He wears what looks like a black swimming cap on his head, but it’s actually an electroencephalograph (EEG) that measures the electrical activity of the scalp.
A wire-framed globe appeared on the monitor in front of him, with two dots labeled “1” and “0”. At the center of the globe is an arrow that oscillates between two points. When the student changes facial expression from relaxed to excited, the arrow twitches and moves. Every few seconds he enters a new number.
It may look rather strange and unimpressive, but it is a very promising technology nonetheless. When a student changes their brain patterns from calm to energetic and back again, they produce alpha and beta waves, which are then used to manipulate the simulated qubits that underpin quantum computing.
The brain-computer interface (BMC) and quantum computers are undoubtedly promising technologies that emerged at the same historical moment. The authors of the new development decided to try to combine them, hoping to create synergy. But is there any practical form from such a union?
The most important – and if it works, the most practical – application of such a “quantum brain network” would be that it would help BCIs perform better.
Our brains are incredibly complex. It boasts 100 billion neurons forming gigantic networks with quadrillions of connections, constantly communicating with each other via tiny electrical impulses. Today, science is able to record how parts of the brain interact, from the smallest neuron-to-neuron interaction to the larger connections between neural networks.
In addition, it is possible to use the brain to interact with the quantum computer itself, and not just download it. In the future, it will be possible to influence quantum states in a machine using mental states.
Perhaps we can have a more direct connection with quantum states. How this will happen is not yet completely clear, but it is quite possible that the combination of these technologies will open the way to the quantum metaverse – a completely different reality.
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