POSH MILK FLOAT DESIGNER float designer and sage/loon (delete where appropriate) Elon Musk has been word-spewing again, this time on the inevitability of the human race becoming cyborgs.
Rocket Man Elon, who has his own metal tribute band, told an audience at the launch of his Tesla range in the United Arab Emirates that we would have to adapt to survive, becoming at one with the tech, or risk becoming irrelevant.
"Over time I think we will probably see a closer merger of biological intelligence and digital intelligence," he explains. "It's mostly about the bandwidth, the speed of the connection between your brain and the digital version of yourself, particularly output."
In Musk's view, the fact that computers can do things at phenomenally faster rates than the human brain, and that's before we even bring Quantum computing into the equation, will make the human brain obsolete, and therefore we need to look at ways to tap into an artificial second brain in order to keep up.
"Some high bandwidth interface to the brain will be something that helps achieve a symbiosis between human and machine intelligence and maybe solves the control problem and the usefulness problem," he said. We said the same thing before, but he's said it all posh and poncified.
In 2004, Neil Harbisson become the first cyborg to be recognised as such by a government, after UK Border Force rejected his passport photo as he has a surgically implanted selfie-stick, which can also "see" colours outside the human spectrum, and has an MP3 player built in. Seriously, look him up. We'll wait….
Musk is amongst the armageddonists when it comes to AI, predicting the death of the human race when they realise just how inferior we are. Think of it like the day when Katie Hopkins says something so vile that there's a lynch mob.
The first thing we'll see, says Musk, is autonomous vehicles, on a timescale quicker than people realise. The first challenge that will present will be redeploying the millions of people for whom driving is a livelihood because it will be "very disruptive and very quick" when it happens.
But as he thinks we're all living in a computer simulation, we're not entirely sure what the fuss is about. µ
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