NEURALINK: Merging Mind and Machine

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Merging Mind and Machine

Elon Musk recently announced that he is developing a company called NEURALINK that will merge the human brain with AI and machines. This brain-computer interface could be the next step in the technological evolution of our species. What are the ethical, biological and philosophical implications of such an augmentation? 

Musk has spoken about the concept of implanting a "neural lace" into the brain before. However, The Wall Stree Journal reports that  "Neuralink registered in California as a 'medical research' company last July." It appears that our techno-evolution is about to jump into the realm of the mind. The true final frontier. 

The issue here is clear. Developments in AI and machine learning are evolving faster than the human brain. Our brains will not be able to compete with these machines in the near future. We must make a decision as a species. Augment our minds and bodies or become the new Neanderthals.

Musk appears to believe, as I do, that the only way to avoid these AI machines and robots from becoming the dominant species is to merge and compete. Welcome to the future of the Transhuman species.

FUTURE IMPLICATIONS

Don't expect to purchase your own NEURALINK brain implant technology on Amazon Prime anytime soon. The first stages of this NEURALINK technology will be used for medical research and will enable people who suffer from diseases or spinal injuries that cause them to become "locked-in" to communicate and control computers with their minds. We will, however, see many variations of Musk's technology emerge from other companies and startups that are interested in the potential of these brain-computer interface technologies. Disruption and competition will cause this emerging technology to sneak up on us if we are not careful.

There are of course enormous ethical and technical questions we must face. Who controls the technology that we will be implanting in our brains? What about hacking? What of privacy or the issue of embodiment?  What does it mean to be connected to and AI and have that be an extension of our awareness? Talk about superintelligence! 

How much is a human mind worth to a corporation, a government or an advertising agency? We will soon find out.

Check out the YouTube video of my RT International news debate with Oxford philosopher Nick Bostrom below...

 
 

My First Book...

I'm very excited to announce that I have just signed a publishing contract for my first book with FAST FUTURE PUBLISHING. As some of you know, I wrote a chapter in The Future Of Business last year on Automation, Digitization and Simulation. I am very honoured to be working with Rohit Talwar and his team again on my first book. 

The title, chapters and cover art are still a work in progress so I can't talk about the details just yet. However, I would like to make a statement and ask you for your help and support. 

For the last five years, I have dedicated my life full time to the awe-inspiring, complex and often enigmatic field of futurology. There are many divergent specialities within this field. In fact, the field itself goes by many names.

Futurology, futurism, and foresight are a few. No matter what name is used to describe the speciality or focus, the one thing that each futurist has in common is their passion, love and dedication for the future. Many of these insightful futurists are working toward a better future for our species and the future of the world we all inhabit. 

The long history of this remarkable field of study is no less inspiring. From the Russian Cosmiststhe retro-futurism of Buckminster Fuller and the progressive ideas of FM-2030, futurists have played a vital role in shaping the future. I am proud to be a part of this visionary, intellectual, and philosophical movement. 

As a futurist who is specifically focused on Techno-Philosophy, my role is to facilitate a new narrative for our emerging technological age. A new technological narrative, not for a select few but for a mass audience. This is what I hope to achieve with this first book.

We need to be bold. We need new ideas, new narratives and new visions if want to ethically navigate our new technological future.  After all, we are entering a powerful new age where the impossible will become possible. With this new power comes new responsibility.   

We are heading toward a technological singularity. An age filled with emerging technologies that will feel magical and at times completely alien to our current reality. Are we ready? Are we cognitively, ethically and psychologically ready for such a profound shift? These are some of the questions I will explore in this book. 

I know many of you would like to be involved and help support this effort.  Here are a few ways you can help as my team and I prepare to launch this book. 

1. Share this post on all of your social media accounts. 

2. Download the GRAY SCOTT app from the iTunes HERE or Google Play store for Android HERE and be sure to turn notifications on in your smartphone settings. This enables me to send you text notifications when we have news and updates on the book.  (usually once a week at most.) 

3. Rate and review the app. The app will play a huge role in this book launch. More news on this in a few weeks. 

I want to thank you all for your continued support and insight. I look forward to sharing this book with all of you.