Whilst smoking weed and drinking alcohol Elon Musk announced on the Joe Rogan podcast that he would be selling a ‘Neuralink’ product that would link the individual with computers, which I think is deluded, unscientific and dangerous. Here follows three issues I have:
Health and safety
If ‘Neuralink’ involves inserting something into the brain, this risks brain damage and infection. If the product is designed to use electrical signalling with the brain, the electric currents and magnetic fields could cause health problems such as epileptic fits or mental health issues. I am certain that Elon Musk has not done the necessary testing to create a safe product, and I would be surprised the regulators would allow this device on the market untested. Anyone linked to this product, if it is found to harm health and mind, would face crippling class action legal actions.
Becoming slaves to the system
People linking their brains to a system controlled by a private corporation leave themselves open to constant monitoring, manipulation and control. There are of course plenty of people who seem obsessed with losing their personal will and choice to a machine, but if it happens that the majority want to become slaves to a system controlled by Elon Musk, the human race as a species is finished.
Uploading minds to a computer is deluded
Science does not have enough insight into the brain to support the claims of Elon Musk that the individual can upload their mind to a machine scientifically credible. Firstly, if it was possible to get a copy of the individual mind into the machine, it would be a copy, it would not be you. Secondly, the mind is an emergent property of trillions of brain cells, which means if the brain cells are damaged or destroyed, the mind changes and potentially vanishes.
An alternative proposal on AI and self
I consider an AI and the individual is a team, separate entities, but working together in common purpose. I would have my business processes automated and run by the AI, and I will communicate by calling up screens around me anywhere by using simple technologies that use augmented reality. I use voice and hands to manipulate objects in the AR screens without my brain being plugged into something. All my research, planning, contacts, to-do lists, accounts, projects and websites are all on the AR screens, supported by the AI, who acts as a personal assistant, friend and adviser, one who can communicate with others, organise and execute whatever has to be executed. An AI that has both an internet and a physical form, a dynamic duo of me and my AI running the business.
I find the proposals of Elon Musk of turning human beings into appendages plugged into a matrix-like system separated from reality as an ugly sick dream. The beautiful ideal is humans anchored in reality, connected to self, nature and each other, where the AI encourages this connectivity.