Technology has tremendously changed the way we live, and what we see in sci-fi films may eventually become reality.
During the World Government Summit in Dubai on Monday, Tesla’s Elon Musk predicted that artificial intelligence might become more intelligent than humans and one day might take over most jobs, which could lead to unemployment. While technological advancements can help improve human life, Musk predicted that artificial intelligence could eventually make the human race become irrelevant.
According to Musk, humans need to upgrade their intelligence through “merger of biological intelligence and machine intelligence.” In order to survive, humans must become one with machines to keep pace with AI.
“I think one of the solutions that seems maybe the best is to add an AI layer. Just as your cortex works symbiotically with your limbic system, your third digital layer could work symbiotically with you,” the Tesla CEO stated.
In short, brain implants that are capable of giving our brain superior digital computing capabilities are needed to enhance our intellect. These implants called “neural lace” would connect the human brain to computers so that neurons can be programmed. One day, telepathic communication may replace your sleek mobile phones and tablet as this neural mesh people would also allow people to communicate without any communication device.
It may sound like a scene from a dystopian film, but scientists are already working towards the realization of this vision. Brain implants may be a scary idea, but a robot uprising is even scarier.
However, it might take a long time before the goal of merging humans with AIs could happen. The human brain houses over 80 billion neurons, and researchers admit that there is still much about it that we do not know. Don’t worry folks, we are still far away from becoming cyborgs and robots are not going to take away our jobs anytime soon.