Neuralink, Elon Musk and the Future

Neuralink, Elon Musk and the Future

March 30th, 2017 | Posted in Science & Tech

I had a chance this week in an interview with TechNewsWorld to weigh in just a bit on the new venture of tech visionary Elon Musk, called Neuralink. Concerned about the existential risk that true artificial intelligence would pose if humans are not in the loop, Musk wants to explore ways to connect human brains and computer intelligence directly.

Specifically he wants a venture that will develop “neural lace”, a technology that if it works would enable the implanting of tiny electrodes directly in the brain to act as the interface. I was asked by TechNewsWorld about the prospects for success – a long shot in my opinion but Musk has a good track record at enabling impossible things to happen, and I was also asked about possible negative and positive consequences. Positive consequences could include controlling machines with thoughts, crazy fast access to information and knowledge, and of course brain to brain communication between people. Negative consequences could be many, from privacy issues to ethical concerns to simply ceasing to be human in some sense.

But I do applaud any effort to control AI rather the other way around. Check out the article by Peter Suciu and my interview comment.

About Glen Hiemstra

Glen Hiemstra is the founder and owner of Futurist.com. An internationally respected expert on future trends, long-range planning and creating the preferred future, Glen has advised professional, business, and governmental organizations for two decades.

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