For the second time in two years, entrepreneur and billionaire Elon Musk sat down with podcaster Joe Rogan to chat about the future of AI and its role in the symbiosis of man and machine.
Elon Musk looks disarmingly nonthreatening in his AI-themed nerd shirt, sitting down on the Joe Rogan podcast to talk about, among other things, his disturbingly-named baby X Æ A-12, and yes that is his actual name. The ‘X’ stands for an unknown variable, and the ’12’ stands for a plane that Musk has created called the ‘Archangel 12’. How legit end times insane is everything I just told you? And the crazy part is all that has nothing to do with the actual story. The actual story is how Elon Musk is less than 12 months away from human testing of his Neuralink implantable brain chip device.
Elon Musk, nerd shirt notwithstanding, is one of the premier technology gurus of the 21st century, what with the success of his Tesla automobile, and the out-of-this-world SpaceX rocket launches he does for the government, Musk is an actual tech titan. Should you be worried that he is spending millions to hardwire your brain to your computer? Nothing to fret about, Musk says, we’re already cyborgs and this just takes things to the next logical step. This is where we are people, waiting for the Rapture amid the rising tide of the end times.
Elon Musk Says: Neuralink Will Do Human Brain Implants in “Less Than a Year” So Get Ready
FROM FUTURISM: In their conversation, Elon Musk revealed that the secretive brain stimulation link startup Neuralink, which he co-founded, is close to starting testing in actual humans.
“We’re not testing people yet, but I think it won’t be too long,” Musk told Rogan. “We may be able to implant a neural link in less than a year in a person I think.” The news comes after Musk teased in February that the brain-computer interface startup was working on an “awesome” new version.
Back in July 2019, the company showed off plans to shoot holes in subjects’ skulls with lasers and feed flexible threads of electrodes into their brains. In his most recent chat with Rogan, Musk revealed that the company’s implant is about one inch in diameter and has to be implanted by removing a small section of the skull. Musk downplayed the risks involved in such a procedure, claiming that there is “a very low for potential risk for rejection [of the body].”
“People put in heart monitors and things for epileptic seizures, deep brain simulation, artificial hips and knees that kind of thing,” he said, noting that “it’s well known what is cause for a rejection or not.”
Musk likened the process of his neural stimulation device zapping the brain to “kicking a TV.” While that sounds violent, the goal is to restore brain functionality. For instance, those with Alzheimer’s could have their memories restored.
“It’s like a bunch of circuits and those circuits are broken,” Musk explained. But the technology is still in its early stages. “There’s still a lot of work to do,” Musk said. Referring back to his timeline of testing within a year, he noted that “we have a chance of putting a link in someone and having them be healthy and restoring some functionality that they’ve lost.”
Eventually, as Rogan mused about becoming one with machines in the distant future, Musk countered that we have to keep up.
“Even in a benign AI scenario we are being left behind,” Musk said. “So how do you go along for the ride? If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. We are already a cyborg to some degree,” Musk told Rogan. “You got your phone, you got your laptop… If you’re missing your phone, it feels like missing limb syndrome.” READ MORE
Joe Rogan Experience #1470 – Elon Musk
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