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The wide-ranging interview also included Musk’s belief that we are already merging with technology because of our dependence on modern electronic gadgets. “Otherwise, if civilisation stops advancing, then that may be due to some calamitous event that stops civilisation,” he said.
However, he suggested we go further and become full cyborgs with the invention of something he termed a “neural lace”.
It would mean giving the brain a new electronic layer that would work with artificial intelligence to instantly access online information. It would also stop us from becoming overrun by our advancing AI overlords.
“Under any rate of advancement in AI we will be left behind by a lot,” he said.
“The benign situation with ultra-intelligent AI is that we would be so far below in intelligence we’d be like a pet, or a house cat. I don’t love the idea of being a house cat.”
As well as these pronouncements, Musk shed some light on his plans to take SpaceX to Mars and continue to drive Tesla’s upheaval of the automotive industry.
He said that SpaceX’s first mission to Mars will take place in 2018 – when the planet is closest to Earth. And also that Tesla’s long-awaited Model 3 will have finished the final design phase in six weeks.
It’s the company’s first mass-market electric car and Musk says he has a “big” reveal coming by the end of the year.
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