Just when you thought the insanity of the modern age could not possibly get any kookier, along comes another billionaire busybody with another billionaire busybody-pet-project to make life more miserable for the bulk of humanity. But of course, that's not what he's saying. No, this time the "selling point" is even crazier than that, according to this article shared by G.L.R.:
By this juncture, I'm certain most readers of this website, and of my book Transhumanism: A Grimoire of Alchemical Agendas co-authored with my friend Scott deHart, are aware of the transhumanists' plans to merge man and computer, to download and upload "personalities" from one clone to another, and, for the really ambitious, to skip the cloning part altogether and just "live inside a computer."
What could go wrong?
Well, I can think of a whole lot of things that could go wrong; taking but one possibility from recent news memes from the lamestream corporate controlled media, this would obviously open up the whole procedure to the Evil Criminal Mastermind Supergenius
Dr. Fu Manchu Vladimir Putin and the always-byzantine-never-to-be-trusted-Russians-who-are-behind-all-the-hacking-in-the-world.
Apparently, however, Mr. Musk has thought of a couple of new "selling points" for the whole cyborg agenda:
In case revolutionizing the transportation and energy industries while colonizing Mars wasn't enough of a challenge for Elon Musk (or perhaps taxpayer subsidies for Musk's ventures in those fields have dried up) in his latest venture the billionaire entrepreneur now "wants to merge computers with human brains to help people keep up with machines." Specifically, the WSJ has uncovered that Musk has launched another company called Neuralink, which is pursuing what Musk calls “neural lace” technology, which is shorthand for a brain-computer interface and consists of implanting tiny brain electrodes that will one day be able upload and download thoughts. (Emphasis added)
And if "keeping up with machines" isn't specific enough, it's spelled out more specifically. First, there's the predictable "health benefit", followed quickly by avoiding slavery to machines:
And, the WSJ notes, somewhere in his packed schedule, he has found time to start a neuroscience company that plans to develop cranial computers, most likely to treat intractable brain diseases first, but later to help humanity avoid subjugation at the hands of intelligent machines.
Of course, the article continues by detailing the current benefits of neural implants in combating various neurological disorders, and notes that the "neural lace" and "virtual immortality" are a long ways away.
But my high octane speculation of the day concerns the selling point, for I suspect Musk has hit upon something that the vast majority of the public would buy into, notwithstanding the dangers that become apparent on just a little reflection on that selling point. Basically, that selling point boils down to "Buy our neural lace and protect yourself from rogue AI(s)." Presumably, however, if one wants to download and upload things to and from that neural lace, one has to be connected to some kind of network, and with that comes precisely the danger of "rogue AI," not to mention the Evil Criminal Mastermind Supergenius
Dr. Fu Manchu Vladimir Putin and the always-byzantine-never-to-be-trusted-Russians-who-are-behind-all-the-hacking-in-the-world. And all they would have to do to break down communications completely would be to implant a "Babel virus" to have us all making up our own pronouns and defining words any way we choose without regard to prior common usage.
Just a thought.
See you on the flip side.