Elon Musk: Humans must merge with machines or become irrelevant in AI age


Billionaire Elon Musk is known for his futuristic ideas and his latest suggestion might just save us from being irrelevant as artificial intelligence (AI) grows more prominent.

The Tesla and SpaceX CEO said on Monday that humans need to merge with machines to become a sort of cyborg.

“Over time I think we will probably see a closer merger of biological intelligence and digital intelligence,” Musk told an audience at the World Government Summit in Dubai, where he also launched Tesla in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).  

“It’s mostly about the bandwidth, the speed of the connection between your brain and the digital version of yourself, particularly output.”

Musk explained what he meant by saying that computers can communicate at “a trillion bits per second”, while humans, whose main communication method is typing with their fingers via a mobile device, can do about 10 bits per second.

In an age when AI threatens to become widespread, humans would be useless, so there’s a need to merge with machines, according to Musk.

“Some high bandwidth interface to the brain will be something that helps achieve a symbiosis between human and machine intelligence and maybe solves the control problem and the usefulness problem,” Musk explained.

The technologists proposal would see a new layer of a brain able to access information quickly and tap into artificial intelligence. It’s not the first time Musk has spoken about the need for humans to evolve, but it’s a constant theme of his talks on how society can deal with the disruptive threat of AI.

‘Very quick’ disruption

During his talk, Musk touched upon his fear of “deep AI” which goes beyond driverless cars to what he called “artificial general intelligence”. This he described as AI that is “smarter than the smartest human on earth” and called it a “dangerous situation”.

While this might be some way off, the Tesla boss said the more immediate threat is how AI, particularly autonomous cars, which his own firm is developing, will displace jobs. He said the disruption to people whose job it is to drive will take place over the next 20 years, after which 12 to 15 percent of the global workforce will be unemployed.

“The most near term impact from a technology standpoint is autonomous cars … That is going to happen much faster than people realize and it’s going to be a great convenience,” Musk said.

“But there are many people whose jobs are to drive. In fact I think it might be the single largest employer of people … Driving in various forms. So we need to figure out new roles for what do those people do, but it will be very disruptive and very quick.”


10 thoughts on “Elon Musk: Humans must merge with machines or become irrelevant in AI age

  1. This is already happening w the covert use/testing of less than lethal torture tech LRAD and SSSSquad Silent Sound accomplishing voice to skull hearing that makes one think either they’re going insane OR God is really speaking to them bc you can actually hear Him.no brain implant needed.

    Also called the “voice of God” weapon, it is frightening when used on unsuspecting civilians. Also the frequencies they hit you with can manipulate your central nervous system making you feel as If you’re nothing more than a puppet in a trance. Watch the video of the Congressional court reporter who shouted “God will not be mocked”. The way she walked up to the podium looks suspiciously like she was def in a hypnotic trance. she said that God came to her every night at 3 am for weeks before to do this

    1. I believe it was originally used for clearing runways of birds and I did see it on united snakes army website. Simply repurposed and weaponized to use against US. Like everything else, they rob US blind of to pay for our own enslavement, AND for them to profit.

  2. Billionaire Elon Musk needs to realize that it’s not his place to tell humans what they must do just because he has a few bucks. He also seems to have overlooked the human ability to smash, destroy, kill, maim, burn, and crush anything that pushes them past their limit….. like robots and billionaires telling us what we have to do.

    I see a lot of money to be made in selling your robots for scrap metal.

  3. I’ve seen some analysis on this saying the problem is grossly underestimated, that the public doesn’t really get the potential control, terrorization, and tyranny that AI can administer. Some project a Terminator type of robot dictator. It can all sound like sci-fi, but the possibility looms. We’ve heard it for decades: “Smash the machine.” It may soon become “Smash the machines.” For years, I did not want to tune into this issue because it seemed so remote, even fantasy-like, but every day there is more evidence of it becoming a reality. As for Elon Musk… I guess he well learned how to dance with the devil. He might even be totally AI himself, and like all AI, no heart, mind, soul.


  4. AI or no AI, there is a reason techies want this sort of thing to “take over” so to speak–not all, but most techies grew up geeks, bullied by regular boys or girls even, or even adults, grew up feeling insecure with their fellow humans, and, not being the “emo” types that would come to prefer casting Satanic spells on those who bullied them, grew up with an intense desire to put down their “enemies” using tech–I may be wrong about Musk, but by studying personalities and real personality disorders, it just seems to me that techies, especially the billioniare ones like Musk, truly desire to take their revenge on all of humanity. ALL OF US! His “warnings” or not!

    Musk, Kurzweil, and others aren’t wanting humans to “enhance” themselves because they care about our fate–they want us to “enhance” ourselves because that way they can control us better, and that way–as with the Days of Noah–there will be virtually no true humans left, meaning in terms of Jesus’ Salvation, the fewer whom are saved, in their eyes, the better. Because enhanced humans are not fully human, they are lost to salvation, the way Satan wants it.

    Good luck getting your “non-enhanced” bones gnawed on, Elon!

  5. So instead of finding ways to create jobs, he creates his toys and tells everyone else who’s jobs and lives he takes in the process “oh well, that’s your f&$king problem. Bye!”

    Spoken like a true billionaire psychopath. He might as well join Gates and Buffet while he’s at it.

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