Elon Musk launches a company to merge your brain and a computer

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Elon Musk launches a company to merge your brain and a computer

Following his opposition over the growing artificial intelligence, Tesla’s chief executive officer Elon Musk has launched a company that would merge our brain with a computer, says report surfacing today.

Musk, known for his beneficial inventions in the world of technology, shows concern about the fate of humanity, given the extreme advancements being made in artificial intelligence (AI).

Ultimately, he fears that our AI will, one day, overtake humans and he even proposes and actively backing Universal Basic Income (UBI).
When this happens, Musk claims that humans will likely become second class citizens (or slaves, or something even worse).

According to some reports surfaces online and in different sources, Tesla founder is backing a brain-computer interface venture that was founded to allow humans to keep up with the advancements made in machines.

The interface is intended to work by augmenting that which makes us human: our brains.

The news comes from The Wall Street Journal, they said, the company – which is called Neuralink – is still in the earliest stages of development. To that end, it has no public presence at all.

“For a meaningful partial brain interface, I think we’re roughly four or five years away,” says Elon Musk.

What we do know is that its ultimate goal is to create a device (or possibly a series of devices) that can be implanted in the human brain. These will serve a multitude of purposes — the final end being to help humans merge with our software and keep pace with artificial intelligences so we don’t get left in the dust.

Initially, these enhancements will likely assist in smaller ways, such as helping us improve our memories by creating additional, removable storage components.

For a long time now, this is not the first that we have heard of Musk working on such a device.

Previously, he mentioned a device called the “neural lace.” He explained how he imagined it would work at the 2016 Code Conference.

Meanwhile, Musk isn’t the only one worried about AI apocalypse.

In fact, in a video posted by Big Think, Michael Vassar, the chief science officer of MetaMed Research, stated that AI will likely kill us all (literally)

“If greater-than-human artificial general intelligence is invented without due caution, it is all but certain that the human species will be extinct in very short order,” he said.

Vassar’s warning focuses on the unchecked AI could eradicate humanity in the future.

Similarly, Stephen Hawking famously stated that AI is one of the biggest threats to humanity.
“The development of artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race. It would take off on its own and redesign itself at an ever-increasing rate. Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete, and would be superseded.”

The Tesla leader is not solely the one strively working to ensure that humanity can keep up with AI.

In fact, Braintree founder Bryan Johnson is investing $100 million to make a neuroprosthesis to unlock the power of the human brain and, ultimately, make neural code programmable.

“Our connection with our new creations of intelligence is limited by screens, keyboards, gestural interfaces, and voice commands — constrained input/output modalities. We have very little access to our own brains, limiting our ability to co-evolve with silicon-based machines in powerful ways,” Johnson outlines his works.

He is working to change this and ensure that we have a seamless interface with our technologies (and our AI).

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