Mankind must find a way to create cyborgs with biological and digital intelligence to avoid becoming irrelevant, billionaire vehicle company and space-travel startup CEO Elon Musk says.
Space X and Tesla CEO Elon Musk is known for his futuristic visions and we witnessed his crystal-ball predictions for the future at the Word Government Summit in Dubai on Monday (February 13).
"It's mostly about the bandwidth, the speed of the connection between your brain and the digital version of yourself, particularly output", he said. Humans, on the other hand, can only type in his mobile device at an average of 10 bits per second. In the long term, the billionaire is anxious human brains aren't fast enough to compete with computers, potentially triggering an anti-human revolution by artificial intelligence. Though this technology is not an immediate threat, Musk said the combination of human brains with machine intelligence will ensure humanity's continued relevance.
Dubai, through the Dubai Future Foundation, has been making a push for autonomous driving technology since previous year.
Of course, if anyone is in a position to make an educated guess, it's Elon Musk.
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Elon Musk thinks we need to become more cyborg-like. He spoke of "artificial general intelligence", defined as a machine that can successfully perform any intellectual task that a human can, which he warned would be "smarter than the smartest human on earth" and called it a "dangerous situation". According to him, the impact is going to happen much faster than people realize. He noted that the disruption will occur over the next twenty years, and leave 12 to 15 percent of workers throughout the world unemployed.
The emirate, seen as the most diversified in the Gulf, has a population of 2.5 million people, majority expatriates. "Tesla cars that are manufactured today are equipped with the sensor system that is needed to support full autonomy, and we strongly think that enough computer power is also necessary for it to be safer than a person", Musk said.
Universal basic income is a solution to an issue foreseen since the industrial revolution, but nowadays more and more workers are seeing themselves displaced by machines capable of doing their job for a fraction of the cost. "I think we need to be very careful in how we adopt artificial intelligence and that we make sure that researchers don't get carried away", he stated.
This would also solve the 'control problem, ' he went on to explain, as it could become so widespread that 'anyone who wants it can have it'.