Elon Musk's latest business misadventure is a company that aims to merge the human brain with computer networks. At best it will be an ignominious failure, at worst it will create a species of humandroids (Image source)
There's no doubt about it, Silicon Valley billionaires are the sickest, most inhuman bunch of shits on the planet. There's Googles semi - autistic twins Page and Brin who are developing software to control our minds, Bill Gates who wants to reduce the human population by 15% (for starters)and forcibly sterilise people through vaccination (Gates is not clear how that will work) in order to 'save the planet'. Zuckerberg wants to rule the world through Facebook and those guys at Apple, having proved that using slave labour is good business are working to spread the idea.
The sickest, control freakiest and probably the most deluded however is Elon Musk. This weirdo (he even looks weird - hell he even looks weird by the standards of Silicon Valley nerds). With his failing car company Tesla eating cash faster than a Great White Shark eats seals, his whacko plan to provide standby power for houses from a small, unobtrusive battery pack proving capable for powering the average home for a hour, his plan to provide backup power for the entire Australian state of South Australia was laughed at when the costs were found to be many times that of conventional power.
Elon's first big fuck up came when he invested in Halcyon Molecular Inc. which was a DNA-sequencing startup founded in 2008. Their goal was to unlock the biggest secrets hidden in DNA. The company wanted to sequence 100% of the human genome in less than 10 minutes for less than $100. Due to the many competing companies with the fastest and cheapest DNA sequencing technologies, and the commecially exploitable information in DNA falling way short of expectations, the company shut its doors in 2012.
Musk, like one of those cartoon characters whose tragedy is a total lack of self awareness, will keep pursuing impossible goals obessesed with the belief that the impossible is possible if you just throw enough science at it. His SpaceX vacations in space project using vehicles that, in common with SkyLab and the Space Shuttles will not actually be in space but in the thermosphere, the fourth layer of the atmosphere. Outside that is the exosphere, which must be negotiated before a space ship can honestly claim to be in space looks like being another expensive failure as Musk and his British rival to be the first space tourism billionaire discover there are problems related to putting humans in the outer layers of the atmosphere that NASA and the Russian Space Agency do not talk about.
Musk's craziest and sickest project to date however is his launch of a business that plans to develop devices that can be implanted in the human brain. After venturing into space exploration, electric cars and solar roofing, wannabe business magnate and visionary Musk (he is in fact an investor who made one very good investment and several which stink) wants to create gadgets that can link the human brain to computers so that AI and the brain can work hand in hand. The new company Neuralink Corp, launched this week is, according to the pitch for investment, the first step to realizing Musk’s desire to merge the human brain and computers.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the SpaceX and Tesla CEO’s new venture aims to produce devices that can be implanted to the human brain in order for artificial intelligence software to enhance brain activity, improving memory and allowing for a more direct interaction between the brain and electronic devices.
It has been reported thatMusk is assuming an “active role” in backing the neuroscience startup. Neuralink is registered as a medical research company in California with several high profile academics in the neuroscience field as members of its team.
Musk’s venture may not come as a surprise to people who follow the South African-born engineer as he progresses up the creepiness index to a position from which he can challenge Google's Dr. Evil wannabes. He has hinted several times that he plans to create a technology that could build a connection between the human brain and computers, as The Verge reports.
“Over time I think we will probably see a closer merger of biological intelligence and digital intelligence,” Musk recently said while speaking to a crowd in Dubai. “It’s mostly about the bandwidth, the speed of the connection between your brain and the digital version of yourself, particularly output.” It's worth remembering that a recent experiment concluded a computer would need several hours to process one minute of brain activity. And then there is the small problem that we have absolutely no idea how to convert computer data into the electrical pulses the brain fires along neurons in a way that would be meaningful to the brain. And until we have cracked that we are stuck with language, numbers and Boolean logic. So Musk's latest scheme is just another whacko non starter.
Last year, Musk also presented the idea of a neural lace, a device that would be surgically implanted to a human brain to allow connection between the nervous organ with computers. He has since been updating his followers on Twitter about the progress he’s been making with this project. In late January, when someone asked Musk if he is already set to announce neural lace to the public, he briefly responded, “Maybe next month.” But it appears Musk wasn’t ready to deliver the news to the world in February and with only hours remaining in March at the time of writing we have again heard nothing. One could be forgiven for thinking the idea is going the way of Google Glass. Now that the California startup is official, however, Musk will be able to share more information on the lack of development on his project to turn people into humandroids.
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