Elon Musk Fears AI Might Wipe Out Human Race And Take Over The World
Humans are at a risk of becoming "house pets" of artificial intelligence, so says Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX and Tesla. Therefore, it is important for us to implant artificial technology in our brains to compete with machines in the future.
Science Alert said that in a public talk, Musk announced that a "neural lace" which is a brain implant that can augment natural intelligence by attaching humans to computers - can be the key to maintaining our place as a species. In an interview, he stated, "I don't love the idea of being a house cat, but what's the solution?
Creating a neural lace is the thing that really matters for humanity to achieve symbiosis with machines
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 4, 2016
"I think one of the solutions that seems maybe the best is to add an AI layer," Musk explained. "Just as your cortex works symbiotically with your limbic system, your third digital layer could work symbiotically with you."
However, not everyone agrees with Musk. Google Alphabet chairman, Eric Schmidt, for instance, thinks that Musk just watched too many movies. He told a panel at Symposium Stockholm that humans still have the ability to turning computers off, and when time comes that we can't control technology and it destroys the human race, then it is a movie.
"The state of the art doesn't support any of these scenarios. It's just speculation," Schmidt emphasized.
Schmidt may have a point, but the fact is that scientists are going far and beyond for technological advancement. For instance, scientists today are already working on injecting our brains with new cell to help improve them, and last year, researchers even managed to inject a neural mesh into the brains of mice - which is one step closer to creating the neural lace that Musk feared will be the end of us.