It never fails to impress me how some the very same people who are pushing and popularizing and creating and making money off of increasingly advanced AI are also the ones continually touting their “dangers.” Case in point: Elon Musk, who recently reiterated his sentiment that advanced artificial intelligence is going to be a “dangerous situation” for humans.
In this talk at the World Government Summit in Dubai Musk went one step further: suggesting that humanity’s only hope might be to merge their minds with AI:
Over time I think we will probably see a closer merger of biological intelligence and digital intelligence…It’s mostly about the bandwidth, the speed of the connection between your brain and the digital version of yourself, particularly output.
He pointed out that such advanced AI minds would basically make humans “useless”…so to solve that, the latter could merely “merge” with the former:
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.
This, folks, is direct neural connection with the Machine—and, consequently, with things like the Internet (which we all know is so damn safe from people willing to hijack public perception for their own benefit).
Is there no other way to avoid this future Musk is illustrating other than become One with the Machine?
Or is this a self-fulfilling prophecy?
And how easy will it be to influence and even control humans once their brains are connected into such a neural interface?
You know, it’s like we’re walking into this really big trap—and we are halfway there already with social media and the end of our privacy—but there seems to be nothing really to stop it from happening. It’s that metaphor I use a lot…watching the errant train go down the track in slow-motion.