Elon Musk: Future of Humans Depends on Merging With Machines or Become Irrelevant

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A warning from Tesla’s CEO (Tesla Motors) and Space X’s founder Elon Musk states that humans must become cyborgs if they are to stay relevant in a future dominated by artificial intelligence.

During his panel interview at the World Government Summit which took place a week ago in Dubai, Elon Musk, suggested that in the future there will be a need for “some sort of merger of biological intelligence and mechanical intelligence”.

This was his proposed solution to the problem of automated industry and artificial general intelligence taking jobs from about 12 – 15 percents of the global population. First of which would be the drivers as according to Musk within 10 years cars with an AI for a driver will be standard.


The artificial intelligence could destroy the human race which is already ‘part cyborg’ because of its dependence on smartphones and machines. The creative genius added people will have to depend on a ‘universal income’ because robots will do everything.

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Musk believes that dependence on smartphones is making people almost part ‘cyborg’. Credit: EYEVINE

“There will be fewer and fewer jobs that a robot can’t do better,” Elon Musk said at the World Government Summit.

He believes that there will be very few jobs that humans do better than machines and that inevitably “humans will be rendered irrelevant.” Musk warned world governments to “Pay close attention to the development of artificial intelligence.”

“If humans want to continue to add value to the economy, they must augment their capabilities through a merger of biological intelligence and machine intelligence. If we fail to do this, we’ll risk becoming “house cats” to artificial intelligence.”

He told to crowd that “To some degree we are already a cyborg – you think of all the digital tools that you have – your phone, your computer, the applications that you have. The fact that you can ask a question and instantly get an answer from Google and other things.”

Make sure researchers don’t get carried away – scientists get so engrossed in their work they don’t realize what they are doing.

When asked if he thought A.I was a good or a bad thing Elon Musk said: “I think it is both.”

“One way to think of it is to imagine that you were very confident we were going to be visited by super intelligent aliens in 10 years or 20 years at the most.”

This is not the first time that he suggest something like this, indeed, during last year’s Code Conference, Musk already dealt with this question. He advocates the use of a “neural lace”.

Previously a work of fiction until June 2015 when a group of chemists and engineers published their work on an ultra-fine mesh in “Nature Nanotechnology “.

This neural lace can be injected into the blood stream through a syringe and it can merge with a brain. The scientists’ test was done on mice which have survived the procedure and are thriving. Neural lace offers a wide range of benefits both in medicine and other spheres of life, such as enhancing it’s user’s cognitive abilities.

He then joked: “It seems probable. But this is one of the great questions in physics and philosophy – where are the aliens? “Maybe they are among us I don’t know. Some people think I am an alien. Not true. “Of course I would say that though wouldn’t I?”

He went on: “If there are super intelligent aliens out there they are probably already observing us.”

Elon Musk told a crowd in Dubai world governments should keep scientists in check. Picture: Karim Sahib
Musk told a crowd in Dubai world governments should keep scientists in check. Picture: Karim Sahib Source:AFP

“Digital super intelligence will be like an alien.”

At the end of his interview in Dubai, Musk suggested that the government should keep an eye on AI research. Also, keep scientists in check as according to him they can get carried away and “loose sight of ramifications” that would follow any major breakthrough.

In 2015 Elon Musk donated 10 million dollars for development of “benign AI” and he has been joined in warnings by the likes of Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Professor Stephen Hawking.

Recently he also endorsed Asilomar A.I. Principles developed at the Beneficial A.I. 2017 conference hosted by Future of Life Institute, from January 5th until January 8th, 2017.

There are scientists that oppose this line thought like Brazil’s Miguel Nicolelis who argues that it is fundamentally impossible to connect the machine to a human brain as human consciousness is a product of unpredictable, non-linear reaction among billions of cells whereas machine processes information through algorithms.

It’s a concern shared by the University of Calgary’s Walter Glannon, who studies neuroethics.

“There is a risk of the microchips being hacked by third parties. This could interfere with the user’s intention to perform actions, violate privacy by extracting information from the chip,” he said.

As it stands, these risks are theoretical.

“We really first have to understand the network [of the brain] and how all of these processing units communicate with each other and interact with the world,” said Artemiadis. “We are really far away.”

Columbia’s Paul Sajda also agreed. “Rather than put us in a doomsday scenario, let’s look at how the relationship between humans and machines can evolve.”

In opinion Musk’s visions of tomorrow’s Earth have their problems too. As much as we love the idea of augmenting cybernetic enhancements with our biological selves and that give us all kinds of new abilities.

And in the end, “That is nothing in the grand scheme of things.”

Source The Sun Science Alert The Guardian

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