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Tech Legend Elon Musk Just Started A New Company To Merge Human Brain with Computer
Elon Musk, the CEO of Space-X and Tesla has a habit of doing extra-ordinary things. He was first involved in developing the revolutionary payment system, PayPal. Then he stepped his game and got involved in revolutionising the car industry, space transportation industry, and alternative power industry. After that, Elon Musk came up with the idea of Hyperloop and also got involved in Artificial Intelligence. The reason why Elon Musk has got himself involved in all these startups and innovations is not because of his love for money, but his love for humanity. He is actually one of those entrepreneurs who are concerned about the future of humanity.
On various occasions, Elon Musk has expressed his interest in Artificial Intelligence and he has sighted it as one of the fields that hold massive potential. He has also expressed his concerns about AI getting smarter than humans and using human beings as slaves or pets. Elon Musk already has invested massively in AI. Now it seems that he is taking things a step further. According to recent reports, Elon Musk is backing a company that is working on developing a strong brain-computer interface. The basic idea is to bring human intelligence and brain capacity to the same level as an advanced artificial intelligence would be in future. This would allow humans to maintain control over the advanced AI even before it gets developed.
The ultimate goal of this new Elon backed company is to create a reliable device that can provide a strong connection between human brain and computer. This will open new areas of innovation and technology for human beings. Elon has already mentioned in one of his talks that human beings are already somewhat cyborgs in a sense that they have access to this massive knowledge base known as the Internet via their handheld devices. Elon Musk thinks that the problem lies in the output of human beings. And if there is a brain-computer connection directly from the human cortex, it would revolutionise the way we interact with others and it would revolutionise our productivity.
Initially, there are likely to be small enhancements that would help humans in smaller ways like helping to improve human memory by creating removable storage components. Elon Musk has a very strong imagination when it comes to imagining new devices and products that would improve the lives of human beings. He had previously mentioned a device known as “neural lace” that would connect human brain with computers. It would be interesting to see if his new company is working on the same device that he has mentioned in his interviews.
The Race Against Artificial Intelligence
Many big companies including Google and Baidu are working on AI and are competing against one another on developing the first advanced AI. In this scenario, it is not a surprise that Elon and many other are worried about the development of AI and its consequences. Michael Vassar who is the chief science officer of MetaMed Research has stated that Artificial Intelligence is likely to kill the humans. He said that if human beings develop an Artificial Intelligence that is greater than human intelligence without taking any precautions, it is almost a certainty that human beings will be extinct in a short period of time.
Stephen Hawking has also shown his concerns about the development of unchecked AI and has mentioned it to be amongst the biggest threats faced by the humanity. Elon Musk himself has mentioned on several occasions that Artificial Intelligence is the single biggest threat to human existence. This coming from someone who is massively involved in Ai research and development and who knows the advancements in this field, is surely very alarming.
Hope for Humanity
The good news is that people like Elon Musk realize the dangers of AI and are already working on keeping it under control. Elon Musk isn’t the only one who is working to make sure that humanity does not become slave of AI or get extinct because of AI. Bryan Johnson who is the founder of Braintree is investing $100 million in order to make a neuroprosthesis that would unlock the power of human brain. This can ultimately lead to programming of the human brain just like a computer.
With many people taking steps to make sure that the AI does not prove to be harmful for the human beings, we can hope that AI remains under the control of humans and serves the humanity. If everything goes well, we might just find solutions to some of the biggest challenges faced by humanity, via AI. For example, AI can help human beings discover the cure for cancer and it can help reverse global warming. If AI is kept under control and used in a positive way, the possibilities for the human race are endless.
Human SuperIntelligence is Just Around the Corner.
With this new company of Elon Musk, and with many others working in this space we can expect that human beings would achieve super intelligence within next couple of decades. If super intelligence turns out to be something like the Internet that is accessible to everyone, it can surely revolutionise the entire world and give humans a whole new level of lifestyle that we cannot even imagine right now.