Last week, Elon Musk confirmed that his company, NeuraLink, is working on the development of a brain-machine interface (BMI). For the last couple of years, Musk has made no secret of his fears of artificial intelligence advancing to the point where it overtakes its human creators. Musk believes that in order to safeguard the human race against a superintelligent machine apocalypse, we must essentially become them: cyborgs whose minds are internally augmented by advanced computer systems. Along the way, he believes, this transition will spawn countless benefits - and profitable industries - for humans.
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Profitable industries, definitely ... but mostly for Musk and his ilk.
Countless benefits? It's more likely the following will happen:
- No jobs for most humans
- No income for most humans
- No food for most humans
- No health care for most humans
... all of which leads to the only real "benefit" - a culling of the human herd, which will relieve the stress we are placing on the planet.
Don't trust the AI / robotics snake oil salesmen. What they are selling amounts to the wholesale extermination of our species.