Neurolink’s Dangers and Possible Adverse Effects

An Implantable “Brain Chip” That Will “Merge Biological Intelligence With Machine Intelligence.



Source: Benedikt von Loebell

“Brain-Based Chips and DNA Hard Drives” by World Economic Forum is marked with CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

By: Miles Kastner, Journalist

Elon Musk is working on an implantable “brain chip” that will “merge biological intelligence with machine intelligence”. The chip will be implanted in a person’s brain by drilling a two-millimeter hole in the skull, according to Musk’s description. “The chip’s interface is wireless,” he informed, “so there are no cables poking out of your head,” Musk claims that such devices will aid humans in dealing with the so-called AI apocalypse. “Even if AI is benign,” Musk cautioned, “humans will be left behind.” “However, with a brain-machine interface, we can truly ride along.” We may also have the possibility of combining with AI.” Other scientists worry that such a technology could lead to human self-destruction. Imagine an AI device called the “jewel” is inserted in your brain which monitors your brain’s activity in order to learn how to mimic your thoughts and behaviors.

Susan Schneider, a cognitive psychologist, and philosopher wrote in an op-ed for The Financial Times on Tuesday that combining human brains with AI would be “death for the human mind.” Schneider, who heads the Library of Congress and directs the University of Connecticut’s AI, Mind, and Society Group, remarked, “The philosophical impediments are as pressing as the scientific ones.” When you reach adulthood, the device has perfectly “backed up” your brain and is capable of thinking and acting in your place. The original brain is then medically removed, and the “diamond” becomes your “new brain.” Which is the real you at that point—your biological brain or the “jewel”? “Because it’s unrealistic to believe that your consciousness might magically migrate to the jewel following the loss of your brain,” Schneider reasoned.

Musk advises employing Neuralink’s technology to treat neurological ailments including dementia and mobility disorders. The actual adoption of this device, however, will eventually be subject to FDA approvals and other regulatory reviews. “AI-based enhancements could still be used to supplement neural activity,” Schneider acknowledged. “But if they go as far as replacing normally functioning neural tissue, at some point they may end a person’s life.” And, once technology advances to the point where we can choose how much of the human brain we want to fuse with AI, determining how much is too much will be difficult. “Would it be at a 15% neuronal replacement rate?” What if it’s at 75%? Schneider wrote, “Any option appears arbitrary.”


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