Elon Musk Discusses AI and Neuralink

Technology mogul Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX and co-founder of Tesla, sat down with the Artificial Intelligence Channel to discuss his thoughts on artificial intelligence as it relates to his neurotechnology company Neuralink.

Musk’s investment in Neuralink, a California medical research company that will explore how to physically interface computers and the human brain to accelerate the brain’s functions, will develop neural technology–linkages that permit humans to seek self-improvement via a neural lace. A neural lace would involve a series of electrodes that move thought messages from the brain to a computer and back again.

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Musk responded to the notion that a lot of experts in the artificial intelligence space do not share his views on the subject.

“Fools,” retorted Musk. “They (smart people) don’t like the idea that a machine could be way smarter than them so they discount the idea, which is fundamentally flawed. It’s the wishful thinking situation.”

Elon Musk & World Government Summit

Musk told the World Government Summit in a February meeting that humans need to avoid becoming redundant as artificial intelligence becomes a common reality. Neuralink is the first foray for Musk in terms of creating technology that will merge humans with software to stay updated on artificial intelligence innovations.

“I’m very close to the cutting edge in AI,” said Musk. “It scares the hell out of me. It’s capable of vastly more than anyone knows and the rate of improvement is exponential.”