Elon Musk Advocates For Becoming A Cyborg

Lynne Hanson
February 15, 2017

The speaking engagement at the Summit wasn't Musk's only reason for being in Dubai - he was also in the city for the official launch of Tesla in the UAE. He said most of this merger will be about how fast the connection between the brain and "the digital version of yourself, particularly output", can be.

Such a scenario would stamp out the possibility of a "dangerous situation" Musk said, in which AI that is smarter than man takes over.

Musk's seemingly pessimistic outlook is not at odds with the optimism of his own work, but a reasoned prediction of what could come to be if human oversight is not at the heart of artificial intelligence progress.

Musk assured the safety of his Tesla cars, saying that they have been tested under extreme weather conditions.

At Recode's Code Conference last June, Musk spoke out in favor of a "neural lace" which would interface directly with a human brain, allowing us lowly humans to communicate with computers in much more streamlined way.

This isn't the first time that Musk has suggested that humans will one day merge with robots.

Then, there are the human elements that nearly no one stops to consider, such as affective bonds between job and worker.

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However, he warned that such ease may lead to a jobs issue in the space of just 20 years; one that could be replicated across many industries.

The main thrust of Musk's argument seems to hinge on the limited bandwidth and processing power of a single human being. He thinks that universal basic income is going to be necessary and that we're going to need it within 20 years of the first fully autonomous auto hitting the road. "I say "tertiary" because you think of the animal brain or the primal brain, and then the cortex, the thinking brain, and then your digital self as the third layer". "I think we need to be very careful in how we adopt artificial intelligence and that we make sure that researchers don't get carried away", he stated. He insisted that "artificial general intelligence" is "smarter than the smartest human on earth" and overall a " unsafe situation".

Musk added that this would become so widespread that "anyone who wants it can have it" and would solve the "control problem" as well.

Today, the idea of human-machine symbiosis conjures up images of military technology like the F-35 Gen III Helmet Mounted Display System, or maybe something more relatable like the Oculus Rift.

"We don't have to worry about some evil dictator AI because we are the AI collectively", he noted.

"I think nearly all cars built will be capable of full autonomy in about 10 years".

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