Elon Musk says we need to merge with ma­chines to sur­vive the fu­ture


TechLife Australia - - HOTSPOT - [ HARRY DOMANSKI ]

BILLIONAIRE EN­TRE­PRE­NEUR ELON Musk has put for­ward some in­cred­i­bly sci-fi ideas, and with his Tesla and Space X ven­tures seem­ingly tak­ing off, it’s prob­a­bly worth pay­ing some at­ten­tion to those more out­landish ideas too. In re­cent com­ments at the 2017 World Gov­ern­ment Sum­mit, Musk spoke on the fu­ture of hu­man­ity, say­ing that we’ll need to in­te­grate with our dig­i­tal world in a very real way — by be­com­ing cy­borgs.

He raises the point that we al­ready have a foot in this door due to our con­sid­er­able de­pen­dence on our dig­i­tal de­vices (specif­i­cally our com­put­ers and our smart­phones) and that th­ese are al­ready af­fect­ing the way we think, in­flu­enc­ing our neu­ral bi­ol­ogy. In a fu­ture where au­to­ma­tion and ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence is fill­ing our work­force and pos­si­bly even threat­en­ing our in­tel­li­gence supremacy, Musk thinks we’ll need to de­velop “some high-band­width in­ter­face to the brain” in or­der to “achieve sym­bio­sis be­tween hu­man and ma­chine in­tel­li­gence”.

This ties in with a num­ber of his other pre­dic­tions, such as the dom­i­nance of self­driv­ing cars, the po­ten­tial threat of un­reg­u­lated AI, and the prospect of a univer­sal wage once our jobs are made re­dun­dant by an au­to­mated work­force.

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