There was an announcement made last year that a Chinese scientist called Dr He Jiankui had used the gene-editing technique Crispr and managed to the world’s first genetically modified babies. At the same time, Elon Musk announced the true purpose of Neuralink.
Read on to find out what his vision of Neuralink holds for us.
What is Neuralink?
Neuralink is one of the companies founded by Elon Musk. His plan for the company is to ‘save the human race’. The idea behind saving humanity is to build a hard drive that can be implanted in the brain.
What is Elon Musk’s goal?
Elon Musk’s main goal, he explains, is to wire a chip into your skull. This chip would give you the digital intelligence needed to progress beyond the limits of our biological intelligence. This would mean a full incorporation of artificial intelligence into our bodies and minds.
He argues that without taking this drastic measure, humanity is doomed. There are a lot of ethical questions raised on the topic of what humanity according to Elon Musk exactly is, but he seems undeterred.
“My faith in humanity has been a little shaken this year,” Musk continues, “but I’m still pro-humanity.”
No doubt, Elon Musk is a remarkable visionary. He claims Neuralink, his neuroscience company has the ability to cure afflictions and ailments such as dementia and paralysis. Neuralink has its proposed “electrode-to-neuron interface at a micro level”, which is what will be used to do so.
But the gap between implanting electrodes in the brain to cure spinal cord injuries and implanting a chip that will enhance human intelligence beyond our imagination is very huge. This is what Neuralink aims to do.
Elon Musk’s Argument for Neuralink
The seamless conjunction of humans and computers gives us humans a shot at becoming completely “symbiotic” with artificial intelligence, according to Elon Musk.
He argues that humans as a species are all already practically attached to our phones. In a way, this makes us almost cyborg-like. The only difference is that we haven’t managed to expand our intelligence to that level. This means that we are not as smart as we could be. The data link that currently exists between the information that we get from our phones or computers is not as fast as it could be.
“It will enable anyone who wants to have superhuman cognition,” Musk said. “Anyone who wants.”
How Much Smarter Will These Enhanced Humans Be?
Elon Musk said the following in the podcast, when asked about the difference in intelligence between us regular humans and the ones that will have the chip implanted in them.
“How much smarter are you with a phone or computer or without? You’re vastly smarter, actually,” Musk said. “You can answer any question pretty much instantly. You can remember flawlessly. Your phone can remember videos (and) pictures perfectly. Your phone is already an extension of you. You’re already a cyborg. Most people don’t realize you’re already a cyborg. It’s just that the data rate … it’s slow, very slow. It’s like a tiny straw of information flow between your biological self and your digital self. We need to make that tiny straw like a giant river, a huge, high-bandwidth interface.”
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