Did you read Isaac Asimov’s series of books “The Foundation”? 5 or more books. Started as a trilogy. Socionomics extended to the outer edges of galaxy.
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has used quantum computers for more than a decade. Sandeep Gulati, the CTO at ViaLogy (where I was VP business development for 5 years), previously was head the quantum computing facility at JPL. ViaLogy was started in an incubator owned by JPL and CalTech. While at JPL, Sandeep and his team wrote the software that guides satellites that travel far beyond earth, for example: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huygens_%28spacecraft%29
Executing an orbit of a planet that far away is loaded with problems, not the least of which is knowing exactly where you are in an unfamiliar part of space. For example, the slightest miscalculation in the firing of a jet changes the orientation of the satellite and its trajectory and from out there the location of earth and sun are not obvious…just spots of light in the distance not obviously different from other spots. Where to point the antennae when coming around from behind a moon or planet? Which spots? Signal strength at the time was too weak and time-lagged to be detected by normal communications and thus not useful for course corrections, much less to guide the satellite. The challenge was how to find yourself while in motion in an unfamiliar 3D star/planetary spacemap which has no previous references except calculations done remotely with significant uncertainty. Thus the foundation of ViaLogy was active signal detection when signal was far less than noise. ViaLogy’s patented product was called quantum resonance interferometry. Signal was defined as a disturbance in the noise.
The strong point for humans is synthesis of information from recognizes patterns. That implies that the brain evolved (was an adaptation) from the immune system. What is the equation for synthesis of information when the variables are unknown or at best can only be estimated with high uncertainty? One solution could be to flip the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. Rather than the observation of an event changing the event, instead, enable the changes at the event to adapt the observer.
Similar to the “Prime Directive” in Star Trek, which you may remember. Star Trek’s space-time travelers were forbidden to be observable by the dwellers in that remote space-time, which presumes deep knowledge about those dwellers. How does one accomplish that?
I believe that space-time travelers will be synthetic shape-shifters, i.e. bots, rather than humans. Beings created on-site with the ability to adapt to foreign environments which we know little about. An autonomous and extremely powerful computer with the ability to make a creature/robot/android/shape shifter will explore on our behalf. A 3D molecular printer which uses energy and local materials from the remote environment to create an “artificial” being which is suitable for survival and exploration in the remote environment, and which can then transmit information back to us but need not ever come back to us. Therefore, we need to be able to disassemble matter into energy in an organized form that we completely understand at the subatomic level, then to transmit that energy without significant loss, and then re-synthesize that energy into a material form (imagine an autonomous, adaptive 3D molecular printer) that can then create other bots that work in the conditions at the remote environment.
In other words, instead of creating autonomous bots as weapons as this UC Berkeley professor illustrates http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/UC-Berkeley-killer-robots-artificial-intelligence-12368152.php or rocketing a rover to Mars, and then years later a few humans (are they coming back to Earth?), we would beam by light and re-materialize smart 3D molecular printers to the surface, or in or under the surface, of the remote location which then creates a method to harvest energy there, gather local matter and synthesizes that matter into a suitably adapted bot that eventually can survive, sense and communicate back to us. Isn’t that better than creating bots to destroy things and people?
But today, we are no longer in Kansas. Academic physicists are believers and teachers of string theory and the multiple, simultaneous realities implied by that theory … though there is no empirical evidence to support the theory in reality. (And other so-called scientists, politicians and crony business people deny reality, they deny atmospheric carbon is essential to life as we know it.) String non-believers have difficulty finding employment in physics. No longer trying to understand and apply our physical reality, science is lost in infinite imaginary realities with no known practical use. I think this implies some chaotic dark ages are ahead, rather like the witch hunting periods (reverse evolutions) in human history. See for instance, The Trouble with Physics: : The Rise of String Theory, the Fall of a Science, and What Comes Next by Lee Smolin. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Trouble_with_Physics