Elon Musk says we need to merge with machines to survive the future
...AND THAT WE’RE CLOSER THAN YOU MIGHT THINK.
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.