I hate this. I really really hate this. Musk has previously spoken about the issues he has with deciding to do something on your phone or computer, and then having to manually access whatever that was with your hands or your voice. He’s now endeavouring to change that.
If there’s a version of being Amish, but instead of having your technology plateauing in 1534 or whenever, having it stop now in 2020, I would be very interested in being part of that. I’m sick of technology being this invasive.
Neuralink is the company in question from Elon Musk, which has received $158 million in funding, and it’s essentially a brain-computer interface that sOuNdS lIkE sOmEtHiNg OuT oF bLaCk MiRrOr Broooooo…
Like I said, I really, really hate it.
Musk hasn’t revealed an awful lot about his intentions, however he will go into more detail next month. For now, he’s said that it ‘could help control hormone levels and use them to our advantage (enhanced abilities and reasoning, anxiety relief, etc)‘.
Of course that sounds great in theory, but the actual implications of that are pretty gross. What he’s getting at is that he could turn us into emotionally vacant cyborgs… if he wants. Not that anyone would want to take control of the Neuralink servers to have us all release all of out dopamine at once, but in theory, someone could.
Getting one of these inside of you would be a similar process to getting laser eye surgery, with a ‘neurosurgical robot’ placing small threads within your brain. It’s scary stuff.
There are good applications to this, of course, with Musk claiming that it would be able to help solve certain brain and spinal injuries, such as Pakinson’s, or “brain injuries/autism/ALS, basically anything requiring brain calibration,” while also being able to “retrain the part of the brain which is responsible for causing addiction or depression”.
I didn’t mean to fear-monger with the part about someone reprogramming our minds to f*ck us all over. The thought just occurred…
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