Why "Neuralink" Is A Really Bad Idea
Elon Musk has started a new company, and as per the way things work now, the world takes notice even before anything of value has been achieved.
Neuralink, a company that wants to create a brain-to-machine interface, yet states on their website that experience in neuroscience is not required to get a job with them.
In fact, in their very strangely "designed" website, which only lists a few open positions, there is no sign of them looking for anyone who might be able to actually make an impact on the biological side of this venture, and it's an engineers only club at the moment.
Now I might be the only one who thinks this is a little strange, but I'm damn skippy that the biggest challenges that come with a brain-to-machine interface will be the biological ones.
The so-called neural lace, according to Musk, will be the way for humanity to keep up with the rise of the machines, and prevent us from becoming "obsolete".
While the idea is nothing new, since even in the early 90s there was talk about digital filters implanted in the human brain for various reasons, with the developments over the last two decades a couple of alarm bells should start ringing.
Initially it might sound kind of great to be able to hook up your brain directly to whatever the internet will become in the future, but where are you getting this idea from?
Is this idea based on actual deep thought about the inherent dangers that are already present on the internet today, or do you just want to know kung-fu?
First and foremost we don't even know whether or not the brain could actually handle a masssive increase in bandwidth when it comes to information input and processing.
This is not just a matter of letting the digital components handle the overload, eventually the signals will need to pass through the wetware, and this has been specifically evolved over many years to operate the way it does now, with a certain amount of information bandwidth.
Secondly, as I described in my article HowTo: Create A Rogue A.I. (for Dummies), there are major concerns for A.I. to try and expand itself in terms of processing power and decentraliztion, for which a couple of billion human brain connected to a large decentralized network make an extremely suitable candidate.
Elon Musk is right about one thing though, there is a valid concern for the relevance of human intelligence and ability, while our thirst for ever smarter machines continues.
The progress is extremely slow at this point in time, but the momentum will pick up speed like some macabre version of Moore's law.
On the other hand to make a claim that states humans will be "obsolete" is also a very extremist view.
There are many species out there that are not even close to 1% of the capabilities of humanity, yet we do not consider them obsolete, and even view them as an integral part of our shared eco-system.