In a recent podcast discussion Elon Musk had with AI expert Lex Fridman about artificial intelligence, consciousness, and Musk's brain-computer interface company Neuralink, an interesting question arose about Tesla's role as an educator in that realm. Referring specifically to the Smart Summon feature that's part of the company's Version ten firmware, Fridman asked Musk whether he felt the burden of being an AI communicator by exposing people for the first time (on a large scale) to driverless cars. To be honest, Musk's response wasn't really, well, responsive. He deferred to the more commercial-oriented goals of the company: "We're just trying to make people's lives easier with autonomy." The long-term goals of Neuralink are pretty scary for mainstream humans, so to me, this question really deserves a long sit-and-think.
Elon Musk has improved his controversial Neuralink technology that he hopes will allow people to hook themselves up to a computer and become cyborgs. Musk's company Neuralink is building tiny and flexible'threads' which are ten times thinner than a human hair and can be inserted directly into the brain. Musk, the billionaire boss of Neuralink, SpaceX and Tesla, took to his usual stomping ground of Twitter to parade his latest development. He called the improvements to Neuralink and the scary robot that will insert the device into human brains'truly transformational' and'awesome' in several tweets. The tiny brain implants, called brain-machine interfaces (BMIs), connects the human brain to external devices and enables them to control computers.
Are you willing to inject an electronic neural net into your brain, in order to compete with super-intelligent robots? That's the message from'super villain in training' Elon Musk, who is literally developing what he hopes is the next phase in human evolution. Two years ago Tesla CEO Musk and Cambridge physicist Stephen Hawking were among the signatories to a dramatic open letter to the public at large. They warned of the dangers they saw in the uncontrolled development of Artificial Intelligence (AI). The always outspoken Musk went so far as to call Artificial Intelligence development "… summoning the demon."
Musk, who has crossed swords with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and former Alibaba Chairman Jack Ma over the role of AI, is finally giving the technology some space, like in his startup Neuralink which is creating a brain-machine interface. Tagging Lex Fridman, popular host of the Artificial Intelligence podcast on YouTube, Musk tweeted: "At Tesla, using AI to solve self-driving isn't just icing on the cake, it the cake" @lexfridman It reports directly to me & we meet/email/text almost every day. My actions, not just words, show how critically I view (benign) AI," the Tesla CEO added. For him, AI can only do'benign' tasks and those jobs too are being evaluated critically by him. Tesla is using advanced AI for vision and planning, supported by efficient use of inference hardware to achieve a general solution to full self-driving. The company is building silicon chips that power its full self-driving software from the ground up, taking every small architectural and micro-architectural improvement into account while pushing hard to squeeze maximum silicon performance-per-watt. The company is applying cutting-edge research to train deep neural networks on problems ranging from perception to control. "Our per-camera networks analyze raw images to perform semantic segmentation, object detection and monocular depth estimation.
Elon Musk said he thinks his neural-technology company, Neuralink, will be able to "solve" schizophrenia and autism. On the latest "Artificial Intelligence" podcast with Lex Fridman, published Tuesday, the Tesla and SpaceX CEO was asked about the most exciting effects he foresees for Neuralink, whose goal is to develop an AI-enabled chip that could be implanted in a person's brain to record brain activity and potentially stimulate it. "So Neuralink I think at first will solve a lot of brain-related diseases," Musk said. "So could be anything from, like, autism, schizophrenia, memory loss -- like, everyone experiences memory loss at certain points in age. Parents can't remember their kids' names and that kind of thing."