by Aaron Kesel, Activist Post:
The next big evolutionary Orwellian technology is coming. Soon you will be able to implant yourself with a brain chip to be super smart, CBS Chicago reported.
Elon Musk has previously criticized humans at a conference in Dubai. He expressed that artificial intelligence would surpass human beings and that we would be irrelevant if we didn’t merge with machines. Musk plans to do this with his “Neuralink” product that can make anyone superhuman by connecting their brain to a computer chip.
“Neuralink” is designing a cranial computer interface or neural lace, although it’s unclear what types of products the company will develop.
The Wall Street Journal speculated that the first products could be advanced implants to treat brain disorders like epilepsy or major depression.
Electrode arrays and other implants are already being used to help the effects of Parkinson’s, epilepsy, and other neurodegenerative diseases – but only rarely, due in part to the dangerous nature of brain surgery.
Musk has teased for months on Twitter about the development of this technology. “Making progress on neural lace,” he tweeted last August. Musk tweeted again in January, “maybe something to announce in a few months,” and further confirmed the existence of the development of the technology Tuesday, tweeting out on Tuesday that “Long Neuralink piece coming out on
@waitbutwhy in about a week. Difficult to dedicate the time, but the existential risk is too high not to.”
“Over time I think we will probably see a closer merger of biological intelligence and digital intelligence,” Musk said.
“Your output level is so low, particularly on a phone, your two thumbs just tapping away,” he added. “This is ridiculously slow. Our input is much better because we have a high bandwidth visual interface into the brain. Our eyes take in a lot of data.
It’s not the first time that Musk warned about the dangers of A.I., previously describing it as potentially the greatest threat to the existence of human life and comparing intelligent machines to summoning a demon.
“You know those stories where there’s the guy with the pentagram, and the holy water, and he’s like Yeah, he’s sure he can control the demon? Doesn’t work out,” Musk said at a symposium in October 2014.
The science may seem a bit science-fiction, but Stanford University has already successfully created a brain-computer interface (BCI), BrainGate, and early BCI tech allows people with paralysis to type messages on a computer by picking out letters on a screen, Ars Technica reported.
Facebook also has been working on building a brain-computer interface to let you type with your brain. It’s especially worth noting that Regina Dugan, who heads up the project, is formerly of DARPA.
The U.S. military has even disclosed a super soldier project, revealing to have allocated funding of $65 million dollars for a program to develop a ‘Brain-Computer Interface’ that would allow participants to plug into a computer like the movie The Matrix.
The military wants to use these programs to “give soldiers supersenses and boost brainpower.” Four teams will be responsible for increasing vision and two on hearing and speech. The military adds that this will help develop “new treatments for patients with sensory disorders.”
It’s also worth mentioning other technocrats in Silicon Valley are interested in the transhumanist A.I. society. Tesla’s Elon Musk and former Google[X] Executive Mary Lou Jepsen both are planning mind-reading technology and share the same interest of the privately owned military industrial complex to transition the human race to become more like machines. However, Jepsen’s idea doesn’t involve surgery it involves a special ski-hat.
Current M.R.I. technology can already see your thoughts: “If I threw you into an M.R.I. machine right now … I can tell you what words you’re about to say, what images are in your head. I can tell you what music you’re thinking of,” Jepsen said. “That’s today, and I’m talking about just shrinking that down,” she added.
For years, this type of technology has been successfully tested starting with the CIA testing electrodes to read thoughts during MKUltra, the “Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research Lab” or PEAR for short and MIT.
From 1953 to 1973, the CIA was involved with all sorts of projects including — mind control, and reading, remote viewing and other experiments allegedly to target the Soviets and politicians. However, the experiments were done on non-consenting test subjects. And the official number of those tested is unknown since CIA Director Richard Helms destroyed all the records pertaining to the project.