Elon Musk is always ahead of the curve when it comes to technology, and he fears that humans are going to become dumb "house pets" of the latest artificial intelligence evolutions. His solution? We should implant technology into our brains so that we can compete.
He suggested we use a "neural lace" that is basically a brain implant to cause us to connect with computers, which will be key to keeping our authority over the world.
"I don’t love the idea of being a house cat, but what’s the solution?" said Musk during a live interview at Recode's Code Conference in California on Wednesday. "I think one of the solutions that seems maybe the best is to add an AI layer. Just as your cortex works symbiotically with your limbic system, your third digital layer could work symbiotically with you."
Musk is one of the innovators i the forefront of AI, but he hasn't been shy about his fear over it as well. He, along with many other tech entrepreneurs and scientists, suggested that we need to explore the societal impacts of AI before we go any further into it.
His biggest concern is that AI will become smarter than humans and eventually go to think of us as expendable. At worst, they could simply decide to get rid of us. Of course, that's a little doomsday, but it is a possibility.
Musk thinks that the neural lace will fix it. The term was first coined by sci-fi novelist Iain M. Banks, and it is basically a mesh that can be programmed and enhanced.
The eventual goal would be to connect the human brain to computers so that we could keep up with intelligence.
It all sounds pretty futuristic, but it has been in the works for years already. Scientists have been able to inject neural mesh into the brains of mice for over a year.
"We’re trying to blur the distinction between electronic circuits and neural circuits," Charles Lieber from Harvard University, one of the researchers involved in the project, said. "We have to walk before we can run, but we think we can really revolutionise our ability to interface with the brain."
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According to Musk, it is something we have to do and companies should be investing in it.