Elon Musk is basically inventing telepathy - but there's no need to be afraid
Column by James Hutchison, journalism student at the University of Lincoln
Elon Musk is the man who created the first widely-available self-driving car and is likely going to be the one who gets us to Mars, but what a lot of people do not know about him is that he may also be the one who cures Parkinson’s Disease and merges us all with computers.
If the thought of over three thousand small metal electrodes being implanted deep into your brain by a robot and then hooked up to a small chip behind your ear scares you, you’re not alone.
If you’re afraid of what this means for us, it’s time to understand how this will actually affect humanity.
It’s really not that bad. In fact, it could be the best thing that will ever happen to us.
Musk’s intent with Neuralink is to reduce the risk of a science fiction-style AI takeover by becoming smarter than any computer could ever be.
This means we need to take the best bits of biology and the best bits of computers and mash them together. If Neuralink is successful, we will be solving complex equations and chatting all in our heads in an instant.
To put it simply, Musk is inventing telepathy.
We could be driving cars and changing the TV channel without moving a muscle. Not that we’ll need TVs when we’re able to watch movies in the comfort of our own brains.
The whole concept of education and commuting to work could be alien to people in half a century’s time.
2070 may seem too distant for some to care, but human clinical trials as early as 2020 could begin to test Neuralink’s ability to reverse the effects of motor and sensory illnesses. This could mean that Parkinson’s Disease, arthritis, blindness and deafness could be cured in a matter of years.
My question is: what’s to be scared of? Some people bring up government mind control and advertisements being beamed by malicious corporations right into your brains, but Elon Musk has you covered.
The electrodes and the implant behind your ear will be a bridge between your brain and the interchangeable chip that controls all of these amazing functions Neuralink could perform.
It’s as simple as removing the chip by hand if you don’t want it anymore.
The fact is, despite Neuralink having the potential to be a bigger leap than the invention of the wheel, the automobile or the Internet, it’s far less dangerous. Musk seems to think it will save us from extinction.
I think it’s worth a go.