Unless We Act , Humans Will Be House Pets To Robots

 Unless we act quickly, humans will be house pets to robots, says Elon Musk

By: Michael Cook

Elon Musk, billionaire co-founder of PayPal, and the boss of boss of Tesla and SpaceX, fears that Artificial Intelligence is advancing so fast that humans may end  up being house pets for robots.

He told a code conference at San Francisco that we are effectively already cyborgs; what is needed is an upgrade of our intelligence which he calls a “neural lace” injected into the brain. This would allow people to access the internet immediately and vastly improve human cognition. “Somebody’s gotta do it, I’m not saying I will. If somebody doesn’t do it then I think I should probably do it,” he told the conference.

This is not as crazy as it sounds. In a recent issue of Nature Neurotechnology researchers claim that they have injected neural lace into the brains of mice without ill effects. The wire and plastic mesh is so fine that it integrates into brain tissue and “eavesdrops” on neural chatter. It could become a way of communicating with the brain to help the disabled or to enhance performance. “We have to walk before we can run, but we think we can really revolutionize our ability to interface with the brain,” says a co-author, Charles Lieber, a nanotechnologist at Harvard University.

The novel idea of neural lace is that it can be injected into the bloodstream and does not require complicated surgery.

However, another of Musk’s ideas does sound a bit crazy. He also mused at the code conference that our world is a computer simulation of our descendants far in the future. “There’s a one in billions chance that this is base reality,” Musk said. Here’s his argument:

The strongest argument for us being in a simulation probably is the following. Forty years ago we had pong. Like, two rectangles and a dot. That was what games were.

Now, 40 years later, we have photorealistic, 3D simulations with millions of people playing simultaneously, and it’s getting better every year. Soon we’ll have virtual reality, augmented reality.

If you assume any rate of improvement at all, then the games will become indistinguishable from reality, even if that rate of advancement drops by a thousand from what it is now. Then you just say, okay, let’s imagine it’s 10,000 years in the future, which is nothing on the evolutionary scale.

So given that we’re clearly on a trajectory to have games that are indistinguishable from reality, and those games could be played on any set-top box or on a PC or whatever, and there would probably be billions of such computers or set-top boxes, it would seem to follow that the odds that we’re in base reality is one in billions.

About the Author: Michael Cook likes bad puns, bushwalking and black coffee. He did a BA at Harvard University in the US where it was good for networking, but moved to Sydney where it wasn’t. He also did a PhD on an obscure corner of Australian literature. He has worked as a book editor and magazine editor and has published articles in magazines and newspapers in the US, the UK and Australia. Currently he is the editor of BioEdge, a newsletter about bioethics, and MercatorNet. He also writes a bioethics column for Australasian Science.


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1 Comment on Unless We Act , Humans Will Be House Pets To Robots

  1. If you really believe 33rd degree Elon Musk about his claims, you don’t know a thing about programming software and you’ve already been defeated by his mind control. The “AI” threat is nothing but a ruse, a fraud, a hollywood fantasy being presented as possible which is impossible, something that has a multi-point edge in order to control the minds of the people by putting severe unjustified fear in their minds getting naive people to believe hollywood fantasies like “AI” can gain ‘consciousness’ and destroy the world and make people their slaves. Notice that all the people telling you to be scared of ‘AI” are MASONS at the top, while the true techies who correctly understand the nature of our reality know AI is nothing to be afraid of, since people obviously can’t tell the difference between reality and fantasy and obviously have never used C++ and other coding software to know the utter falsehood claims that masonic men like Elon, like to claim which works strategically to their advantage in fooling many in the world that their claims actually have veracity and truth. If anything, what we have to watch out for is, WHO is CODING THE AI? If the ones coding the AI have EVIL INTENTIONS then OBVIOUSLY it is NOT the “AI” to be very concerned about but the people making the CODED RULES for the software AI.


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