By now, there’s almost no doubt you’ve heard of or seen the podcast between Elon Musk and Joe Rogan. It grew in controversy when Elon Musk smoked weed and attracted a lot more people to it.
However, billionaire Tesla Motors magnate and public figure Elon Musk said a lot more in that interview, and all kinds of headlines were made about what he said.
For one, although Elon Musk is a notorious critic of trans-humanism and often emphasizes the possible catastrophic outcomes that artificial intelligence and similar technologies could have on society, in the very same breath he’s promoting his own version of technology like that.
A great leap into the abyss of trans-humanism, in that same interview Elon Musk discussed his own plans to link the human brain to machine with his company Neuralink.
If you want to know exactly what the plan was for this public appearance and how the media would report it, a better encapsulation of this paid promotion could not be found, than in this CNBC article:
“Elon Musk says he will soon announce a Neuralink product that can make anyone superhuman by connecting their brains to a computer.
He says Neuralink increases the data rate between the brain and computers and will give humans a better shot at competing with AI. Musk made the comments before he smoked weed and drank on Joe Rogan’s podcast.”
Exactly: Musk used a little bit of controversy to promote something that the world’s wealthy people would love everybody to accept. Merging man with machine: it’s this type of thing that makes me personally trust Elon Musk about as much as any other billionaire, which is not at all.
“I think we’ll have something interesting to announce in a few months … that’s better than anyone thinks is possible,” the Tesla CEO said. “Best case scenario, we effectively merge with AI.”
His company Neuralink will supposedly develop technology to “combine humans with computers.” Isn’t this exactly what people who gravitate toward nature and away from advanced, potentially very consequential technology, have warned about for years? Continuing from CNBC:
“Musk argued that since we’re already practically attached to our phones, we’re already cyborgs. We’re just not as smart as we could be because the data link between the information we can get from our phones to our brains isn’t as fast as it could be.”
And what great happiness being addicted to smartphones has brought us. Oh, it can get a lot worse and some of us don’t want to keep tumbling down that slippery slope, further and further into artificial everything and away from nature.
“It will enable anyone who wants to have superhuman cognition,” Musk said. “Anyone who wants.” Well, that certainly sounds like a sales pitch, and nothing like what Musk used to say that captured the attention and respect of people critical of this type of technology.
“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.”
Musk continued that this technology may allow human beings to create a “snapshot” of themselves that live on if their bodies die.
“If your biological self dies, you can upload into a new unit. Literally,” Musk said. Well some of us don’t believe that would be right.
Some of us believe nature is exactly how it’s supposed to be, within the general, basic way human beings can already manipulate nature to create a comfortable, harmonious existence with the rest of nature. Anybody else who wants to experiment with this, you’re a free human being. For me, I wouldn’t touch this with a ten foot pole, even while fearing the eventuality of passing away.