“I’m not machine. I’m not man. I’m more.” Every Terminator fan recognizes that iconic line from “Terminator Genisys” where a “changed” John Connor reveals his new improved self to the horror of Kyle Reese and Sarah Connor. Well the genius investor, engineer, businessman and inventor Elon Musk (who happens to be the 80th most wealthiest person in the world) says we better embrace being “more”. This is because he believes in the future, humans becoming cyborgs might be the only thing that saves humanity. And he has a plan.
Elon Musk is concerned that advancements in artificial intelligence is taking humanity down a path that likely will produce a Skynet for real. Yes, Musk believes that at its current rate, Artificial Intelligence technology will not only surpass human thinking in the years to come, but possibly result in a “dictator A.I.” as well (just like Skynet).
The good news is Musk created a new company to combat this problem. The bad news is humans will have to become cyborgs to solve it. Using a new technology called Neuralink, based on what Musk calls the “neural lace” technology, humans will be able to one day implant tiny electrodes into their brains, allowing us to download and upload information.
The idea of putting a computer chip or other technology in someone’s brain is not fantasy anymore. Just watch this 2016 video, where a young man paralyzed from the shoulders down had a chip installed into his brain allowing him to miraculously use his right hand (and even play the video game “Guitar Hero”):
So now that we know it’s possible, how will humans essentially becoming cyborgs stop a dictator artificial intelligence like Skynet from wanting to destroy humanity?
It is Elon Musk’s belief, that with these brain implants, humans will become part of the artificial intelligence collective. We will live a joint lifestyle, where humans will be part man and part machine, and no Artificial Intelligence would want to destroy part of itself. And then in harmony, humans and machines will continue to adapt, learn and improve as we reach higher levels of function together.
This is no longer science fiction, Terminator fans!
We’ll be back.