Quantum Computing & Education

Quantum Computing has the power to revolutionize and change industries and institutions in a capacity we cannot even wrap our minds around. The outstanding capability these machines have to process and analyze information can be understood best if we take a step back and consider how a computer today relies on information. (1)  In our computers, a unit of information (called a “bit”) is represented as either a 0 or a 1. Combined, these series of on’s and off’s provide instruction on how to process information.Dario Gil  (2), Vice President of Science and Technology at IBM, compared a bit to an arrow on the inside of a sphere. That arrow can only point to the North or South Pole, a 0 or a 1. But in quantum computing that “bit” is now a “qubit”. A qubit has the capacity to exist as both a 0 and a 1. That arrow can now point to any position on the internal surface of the sphere, creating endless possibilities to the amount of states that can represented and thus the ability to analyze information on a level that is expected (3) to work beyond what all the computers in the world working in tandem could achieve. What this has the potential to do is help industries and institutions worldwide solve problems faster, innovate further, or even change completely.

In regard to education, there one area in particular that quantum computing will help and it has the ability to play huge role in the future of the institution: Artificial Intelligence. Already schools are using immersive technologies that help determine what their students are interacting with, ignoring or even not comprehending. Through the use of headsets, they can determine through pupil size the amount of mental strain or emotional entanglement in a subject. This goes back to a study done by Princeton psychologist Daniel Kahneman which explained that pupil size increases in proportion to the difficulty of a task at hand. As the student interact with the AI, the headset is collecting data that can then be used to create highly-accurate psychological and behavioral profiles of students. This is technology that already exists within our standard computing power, imagine what this could be with the power of quantum computing.In order to improve machine learning there must be vast amounts of data collection. Quantum computers have the ability to organize and analyze large amounts of this data and provide artificial intelligence machines with the feedback necessary to improve and develop much more efficiently than a standard computer.


Machine learning in education will be the future faster than we know it, with the capabilities these machines already have they will know us better than anyone. Same goes for the teachers in the profession who want to be able to teach but probably won’t over time due to the vast knowledge the machine has and continues to gain. Quantum computers have the knowledge of using existing data to their advantage to solve problems within seconds. Machine learning can definitely benefit from quantum computing because it would amplify the machine learning problem solving. Which leads back to education and the effects quantum computing can have because these machines will be impossible to keep up with. The demand for quantum computers will be greater and a cheaper rate than teachers knowing what they can do.


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