Would you implant technology inside your brain? | The Tylt
Would you implant technology inside your brain?
Musk says in the near future, A.I. will become so smart that it will overshadow human intelligence. The only way to prevent a future where humans are "house cats" to A.I., humans must find a way to integrate with computers in order to upgrade the brain's ability to process information. Musk says it's just a natural extension of humans—our smartphones are already essentially an extension of our hands. Integrating it with the brain would simply let people access and manipulate information more easily.
"I don't love the idea of being a house cat, but what's the solution? I think one of the solutions that seems maybe the best is to add an AI layer," he said. "A third, digital layer that could work well and symbiotically" with the rest of your body.
And being who he is, of course Musk started his own company to make it a reality.
However, not everyone is excited to let Elon Musk add tech into their brains—for obvious reasons. When technology goes wrong now, the consequences can be bad, but not necessarily catastrophic. If your phone is hacked or crashes, it would be unpleasant to deal with the consequences, but it's not an existential problem. If your phone is connected to your brain and it's hacked or crashes, the stakes are significantly higher. It's reasonable to think security threats will grow over time as technology grows over time. For some people, the upgrade is simply not worth it.
Researchers are already tackling this question. Here's how they envision one way brain interfaces could be used against people.
Bonaci's team have several different Flappy Whale demos, also using logos from local coffee houses and fast food chains, for instance. You might not care who knows your weak spot for Kentucky Fried Chicken, but you can see where it's going: Imagine if these "subliminal" images showed politicians, or religious icons, or sexual images of men and women. Personal information gleaned this way could potentially be used for embarrassment, coercion, or manipulation.
Others see the immense possibility of merging the brain with technology. A brain-machine interface is the first step towards the singularity. The singularity is the idea that technology will reach a critical mass and trigger runaway growth—marking a new era for humanity. Of course, that's all hypothetical. Some people simply like the idea of making themselves smarter.