Musk Says Humans Need ‘Neural Lace’ If They Don’t Want AI To Treat Them Like Pets

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Jan 7, 2017
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Elon Musk just warned us about something that many researchers have feared for long. He said that the human race is at risk of being treated like house pets if Artificial Intelligence becomes widely used around the world. According to him the only way to prevent this would be to implant some sort of technology into our brains. Well, no surprises there, right?

Neural Lace, not ordinary lace my friend

According to Musk, the ‘neural lace’ concept could help us achieve this by acting as a wireless brain computer interface that has the ability to augment natural intelligence. According to what Musk said at a conference on Wednesday, the technology concept of neural lace could work ‘well and symbiotically’ with the human body. “I don’t love the idea of being a house cat, but what’s the solution? I think one of the solutions that seem maybe the best is to add an AI layer,” Musk said. He further added, “Something I think is going to be quite important—I don’t know of a company that’s working on it seriously—is a neural lace.”

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Well, many of you will be wondering this neural lace is all about? Well, this ‘lace’ isn’t an accessory, that’s for sure. The term, neural lace was first coined by the novelist Iain M. Banks. He used this term to describe a futuristic mesh that attached itself to the brain and reprogrammed the neurons within. Well, don’t be disappointed. It may be a thing from science fiction, but it actually has a base in ‘real’ science.

Real science and the future

A paper talks about a similar concept. It was published in 2015 in ‘Nature Technology’ where it talked of a flexible circuit which was injected into the brains of live mice. This circuit then interacted with the neurons. According to Charles Lieber, a researcher at Harvard University and co-author of the study, “We’re trying to blur the distinction between electronic circuits and neural circuits. We have to walk before we can run, but we think we can really revolutionize our ability to interface with the brain.”

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Well, it seems like the world is taking yet another turn in technology. Let’s sit back and watch what happens next. Or we can work and find a solution to this too.

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