Elon Musk Wants Humans To Embrace Cybernetic Borg Implants Or Face Unstoppable AI Takeover

Is Elon Musk secretly working on a race of Dr. Whovian Cybermen? The magnate recently argued at the World Government Summit in Dubai that human beings would need to merge at least slightly with robots in order to keep up in an increasingly AI-dominated world. Musk fears that humans will become irrelevant if they do not incorporate the technology they have created into themselves. The World Government Summit was also Musk’s opportunity to launch Tesla in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Musk explained that while computers can communicate at "a trillion bits per second", humans can barely type with their mobile devices at ten bits per second. He contended, “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.”

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Musk suggested that human beings could improve the neural link between the cortex and the “digital extension of yourself” in order to become the latest member of the Borg. He suggested that a new digital layer in the brain would “control” the problem, because anyone would be able to access one. He also argued, “We don't have to worry about some evil dictator AI because we are the AI collectively.”

Although Musk argues for a “merger of biological intelligence and digital intelligence”, he is incredibly wary of “deep AI”. He insisted that “artificial general intelligence” is "smarter than the smartest human on earth" and overall a "dangerous situation". Musk did note that this situation is not something to fear just yet, however, its possibility does keep him up at night.

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Musk is mostly concerned about how AI, such as autonomous cars, will replace human jobs. He noted that the disruption will occur over the next twenty years, and leave 12 to 15 percent of workers throughout the world unemployed. Musk’s corporation, Tesla, is of course partly responsible for putting people such as truck drivers at risk. Musk responded, “In fact I think it might be the single largest employer of people ... Driving in various forms. So we need to figure out new roles for what do those people do, but it will be very disruptive and very quick.”
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