Neuralink CEO Elon Musk is about to release an update regarding the neurotechnology company’s recent developments. Musk has been answering questions on Twitter about Neuralink, after tweeting a cryptic quote and setting August 28 as the date for the announcement of progress.
Musk has openly expressed his fear towards the rapid development of artificial technology, and this has become one of his motivations for starting the Neuralink venture in the first place, to become AI’s closest competitor. Musk says that AI poses a grave danger to humanity. DeepMind, a UK-based AI company is granted access to a lot, if not all, Google servers, and Musk says when it reaches a certain level, it could become an “unintentional Trojan horse” with access to every bit of data in Google, making it “unstoppable.”
Neuralink’s goal is to basically enhance brain capacity by connecting it to another device that will be responsible for carrying out the action being thought of. It creates a direct connection between the human brain and another device, brain activity will be amplified to a point where there is little to no need for physical activity. It’s basically telepathy and telekinesis merged into one.
AI is a total machine, formed by complex systematic algorithms that have the potential to be a lot of times smarter than the average human brain. Elon Musk believes that the human brain has so much untapped potential and that Neuralink could help uncover them. The intelligence is overall human, and enhanced.
Unlike artificial intelligence where a separate consciousness is somehow created, Neuralink ensures total human control. Turns out, Musk isn’t the only one who views AI as an “existential risk.” Bill Gates has doubts about it as well.
Furthermore, Neuralink’s top priority is to be applied in the medical field to help ease the lives of patients who are suffering from brain-related injuries or disorders, be of assistance to patients under paralysis. Musk intends to conduct human trials on the technology before the end of 2020. All these developments will compete with artificial intelligence, which will then result to a lot of comparisons between the all-computer consciousness system, and the human-computer hybrid system.