The debate about whether or not humans should allow Artificial Intelligence (AI) to evolve at a rapid rate continues to this day. What happens if AI evolves faster than expected? What happens if somehow we goof up and end up creating far more intelligent creatures than we intended to? The recent television series Westworld captures very aptly the consequences of meddling with Artificial Intelligence. For years, researchers have feared that one day AI will be so powerful that it will begin to dominate human race and put homo-sapiens at risk. Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX and Tesla, concurs with this view and has warned that human race is at risk of being treated like house pets if AI adoption becomes commonplace across the world. The solution, Elon Musk believes, lies in developing neural lace.
Neural Lace: What’s that?
Musk has long advocated the concept of neural lace. In fact, he announced on Twitter in August 2016 that he is making good progress on his neural lace design, which is basically designed to augment human intelligence and avoid the inevitable takeover when AI becomes smarter than us. In its most basic form, neural lace is just a computer interface woven into the brain. As the theory goes, neural lace systems will be capable of wirelessly transmitting signals to external devices. We will then be able to “think” our messages into existence, rather than type them using keyboards or smartphones.
Neural lace needed to make human race safe
Musk believes that one of the ways to prevent AI from taking over the human race is to create a neural lace that would be injected into the blood and carried to cortical neurons. This procedure has already been done in mice. According to Musk, neural lace will work well and symbiotically with the human body. “I don’t love the idea of being a house cat, but what’s the solution? I think one of the solutions that seem maybe the best is to add an AI layer. Something I think is going to be quite important—I don’t know of a company that’s working on it seriously—is a neural lace,” he says.
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