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Elon Musk says humans must merge with machines to survive

by Brandon Russell | February 14, 2017February 14, 2017 11:30 am PDT

James Cameron’s vision of a world run by Skynet might soon become more fact than fiction.

In a wide-ranging discussion at the World Government Summit in Dubai this week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said humans will need to achieve symbiosis with machines or risk irrelevance. In other words, your kids’ kids may be half-robot.

“Over time I think we will probably see a closer merger of biological intelligence and digital intelligence,” Musk said.

The CEO explained why this is necessary, especially in the work place.

“It’s mostly about the bandwidth, the speed of the connection between your brain and the digital version of yourself, particularly output,” he said.

Humans can only communicate so fast, which is where computers have a leg up. A computer can communicate at a trillion bits per second, Musk explained, while the fastest humans can do about 10 bits per second.

Obviously, that’s a pretty significant disparity. If someone had to choose over man or machine, well, man would be useless. So, what’s the solution? A chip implanted in your brain? Your consciousness uploaded to a robot body?

What jobs will your kids’ kids have?

In the future, Musk sees a number of industries being disrupted by AI, from automotive to manufacturing. To some extent, these markets are already dominated by machines.

“There are many people whose jobs are to drive,” Musk said. “In fact, I think it might be the single largest employer of people… Driving in various forms. So, we need to figure out new roles for what do those people do, but it will be very disruptive and very quick.”

Musk went on to say there needs to be a symbiosis between human and machine intelligence, which may solve the “control problem and the usefulness problem.”

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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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