Elon Musk wants to ‘save the human race’ by wiring the internet to your brain to make you a GENIUS

ELON Musk wants to hook your brain up to the internet to create a race of super intelligent humans. The billionaire’s latest harebrained scheme will …

ELON Musk wants to hook your brain up to the internet to create a race of super intelligent humans.

The billionaire’s latest harebrained scheme will see computer chips wired into our minds to merge us with artificial intelligence.

 Eccentric billionaire Elon Musk thinks he can save the human race by putting computer chips in our brains

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Eccentric billionaire Elon Musk thinks he can save the human race by putting computer chips in our brains

The project – known as Neuralink – is going to “save the human race” by helping us outwit super-intelligent machines of the future when they try to take over Earth, according to Musk.

“The long-term aspiration with neural networks would be to achieve a symbiosis with artificial intelligence,” he said in an interview last year.

“If we have billions of people with the high-bandwidth link to the A.I. extension of themselves, it would actually make everyone hyper smart.”

Musk founded Neuralink in July 2016 but details on the eccentric scheme are scarce.

 Neuralink's website is a single page (pictured) with a string of job openings

Neuralink
Neuralink’s website is a single page (pictured) with a string of job openings

On its website, the company boasts it is developing “ultra high bandwidth brain-machine interfaces to connect humans and computers”.

Musk says Neuralink will first focus on medical applications, taking on the effects of brain diseases like epilepsy.

After this, the sci-fi firm will upgrade its brain chips to develop a “symbiotic relationship” between AI and humanity.

In future, hyper intelligent robots will dominate our lives, and Musk argues we’ll need think like machines to avoid being destroyed by them.

 The tech will first take on brain diseases like Alzheimer's

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The tech will first take on brain diseases like Alzheimer’s

Our super smart robots will eventually become so advanced that they attempt to overthrow their makers.

Without a computer chipped brain, we’ll be restricted – if we survive at all – to a few “protected zones”, like chimpanzees or gorillas today.

Neuralink is still in its early stages, and is currently hiring for a number of positions on its bare bones website.

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A Future with Elon Musk’s 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 …

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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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SpaceX to lay off 10pc of workforce

Other Musk ventures include OpenAI, Neuralink and the Boring Company, which … In an interview broadcast last month, Musk openly mocked the US …

LOS ANGELES: SpaceX plans to lay off 10 per cent of its more than 6,000 employees, a source familiar with the decision said yesterday.

“To continue delivering for our customers and to succeed in developing interplanetary spacecraft and a global space-based Internet, SpaceX must become a leaner company,” the California-based company, headed by Elon Musk, said in a statement to AFP.

“Either of these developments, even when attempted separately, have bankrupted other organisations,” it added.

“This means we must part ways with some talented and hardworking members of our team.”

It added that the trim down was “only due to the extraordinarily difficult challenges ahead.”

Citing an email sent to employees yesterday, the Los Angeles Times said the company was offering those affected a minimum of eight weeks’ pay and other benefits, including career coaching and resume assistance.

The announcement came as SpaceX yesterday launched a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California carrying 10 communications satellites.

Founded by Musk, SpaceX makes most of its money from multibillion dollar contracts with Nasa and satellite launches.

SpaceX in November won authorisation from US officials to put nearly 12,000 satellites into orbit in order to boost cheap, wireless internet access by the 2020s.

And The Wall Street Journal reported last month that the company was raising US$500 million (RM2 billion) from investors to help launch its satellite internet service.

Serial entrepreneur Musk has risen to prominence with a series of ambitious ventures, especially Tesla, which has boosted production of its Model 3 electric car and has continued to enjoy strong demand for the vehicle.

Other Musk ventures include OpenAI, Neuralink and the Boring Company, which focuses on infrastructure and tunnels.

But Musk has also drawn plenty of criticism over unconventional and at times erratic behaviour — after admitting last year that he has struggled with exhaustion.

In an interview broadcast last month, Musk openly mocked the US Securities and Exchange Commission after agreeing to a US$20 million fine to settle fraud charges the agency had brought over Musk’s quickly aborted effort to take Tesla private.

And in September, he raised eyebrows with an appearance on a podcast with comedian Joe Rogan, which saw him sip whiskey and smoke weed while musing at length about artificial intelligence, colonising space, and the need to give love a chance.

Later that month, he was sued by a British caver who had helped rescue 12 boys trapped in Thailand after Musk called him a “pedo guy” and a “child rapist.” — AFP

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SpaceX to lay off 10 per cent of its employees

Serial entrepreneur Musk has risen to prominence with a series of … Other Musk ventures include OpenAI, Neuralink and the Boring Company, which …
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SpaceX to lay off 10 per cent of its employees&nbsp | &nbspPhoto Credit:&nbspTwitter

SpaceX plans to lay off 10 per cent of its more than 6,000 employees, a source familiar with the decision said on Friday.

“To continue delivering for our customers and to succeed in developing interplanetary spacecraft and a global space-based Internet, SpaceX must become a leaner company,” the California-based company, headed by Elon Musk, said in a statement to AFP.

“Either of these developments, even when attempted separately, have bankrupted other organizations,” it added.

“This means we must part ways with some talented and hardworking members of our team.” It added that the trim down was “only due to the extraordinarily difficult challenges ahead.”

Citing an email sent to employees on Friday, the Los Angeles Times said the company was offering those affected a minimum of eight weeks’ pay and other benefits, including career coaching and resume assistance.

The announcement came as SpaceX on Friday launched a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California carrying 10 communications satellites.

Founded by Musk, SpaceX makes most of its money from multibillion-dollar contracts with NASA and satellite launches.

SpaceX in November won authorization from US officials to put nearly 12,000 satellites into orbit in order to boost cheap, wireless internet access by the 2020s.

And The Wall Street Journal reported last month that the company was raising $500 million from investors to help launch its satellite internet service.

Serial entrepreneur Musk has risen to prominence with a series of ambitious ventures, especially Tesla, which has boosted production of its Model 3 electric car and has continued to enjoy strong demand for the vehicle.

Other Musk ventures include OpenAI, Neuralink and the Boring Company, which focuses on infrastructure and tunnels.

But Musk has also drawn plenty of criticism over unconventional and at times erratic behaviour — after admitting last year that he has struggled with exhaustion.

In an interview broadcast last month, Musk openly mocked the US Securities and Exchange Commission after agreeing to a $20 million fine to settle fraud charges the agency had brought over Musk’s quickly aborted effort to take Tesla private.

And in September, he raised eyebrows with an appearance on a podcast with comedian Joe Rogan, which saw him sip whiskey and smoke weed while musing at length about artificial intelligence, colonizing space, and the need to give love a chance.

Later that month, he was sued by a British caver who had helped rescue 12 boys trapped in Thailand after Musk called him a “pedo guy” and a “child rapist.”

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