With a theory straight out of science fiction, Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk contends that humans will need to become a cyborg of sorts in an effort to gain an edge over machines in a world increasingly dominated by automation and artificial intelligence (AI). According to a Breitbart report, Musk, who spoke Monday at the World Government Summit in Dubai, explained why humans will need to merge with machines to keep up in an AI-dominated world.
“Over time I think we will probably see a closer merger of biological intelligence and digital intelligence. It’s mostly about the bandwidth, the speed of the connection between your brain and the digital version of yourself, particularly output.”
Technology continues to evolve at a mind-boggling pace. Today’s computers can communicate at “a trillion bits per second.” Humans, on the other hand, who do most of their communicating by using their fingers to type letter-by-letter on various digital devices, are limited to a woeful 10 bits per second. Musk points out that as AI technology improves, humans face a risk of becoming irrelevant if they cannot learn to merge with their technological counterparts.
“Some high bandwidth interface to the brain will be something that helps achieve a symbiosis between human and machine intelligence and maybe solves the control problem and the usefulness problem.”
Musk also has frequently discussed his fear of deep artificial intelligence, which is detailed as intelligence that goes far beyond systems that can make cars themselves all the way to what he has described as “artificial general intelligence.” This intelligence is smarter than the smartest human” and presents what Musk called a “dangerous situation.” He envisions technology that could create a new layer in the human brain that could quickly access information and tap into AI.
“The most near term impact from a technology standpoint is autonomous cars … That is going to happen much faster than people realize and it’s going to be a great convenience.”
Musk also points out that within two decades, as much as 15 percent of the global workforce will be rendered obsolete by AI.
“There are many people whose jobs are to drive. In fact I think it might be the single largest employer of people — driving in various forms. So we need to figure out new roles for what do those people do, but it will be very disruptive and very quick.”