It’s been a banner day for robots, hasn’t it? While we can’t all be as pure as Rayna, the little girl who mistook a water heater for a “bobot,” sometimes our cynicism gets used advantageously. I keep hinting at an apocalypse where the robots become our overlords because of various scientific advancements involving the aforementioned robots. Turns out, Tesla CEO Elon Musk is of the same opinion, but has perhaps a more optimistic view. According to the Wall Street Journal, Musk is backing a brain-computer interface venture called Neuralink. The company, which is still in the inception phase, is primarily focused on creating devices that can be implanted in the human brain, with the eventual purpose of helping human beings merge with software and keep pace with advancements in artificial intelligence. These enhancements could improve memory or allow for more direct interfacing with computing devices.
According to CNBC, Musk told an audience at the World Government Summit in Dubai, “Over time I think we will probably see a closer merger of biological intelligence and digital intelligence.” He added that “it’s mostly about the bandwidth, the speed of the connection between your brain and the digital version of yourself, particularly output.”
While this kind of advancement is thrilling, it’s only a matter of time before the general population starts messing with it by trying to neurally link to say a calculator to spell 80085, tweet everything they say or think, or OH MY GOD TO FIGHT KAIJUS.
Speaking of robots tweeting…
Gizmodo reports that:
@BurnedYourTweet is a robot and a Twitter account which prints and immediately sets fire to Trump’s 140-ravings. It films itself spitting out POTUS’s groundless accusations and whimpering loser bullshit onto what looks like receipt paper, sheers them off with scissors, sets them aflame, and gingerly drops the burning embers into an ashtray. The resulting video is then tweeted at Trump himself.
Here’s how it works. Trump tweets something, and this robot does what we wish we could do:
And that’s all there is to it. Robots: Making our lives easier everyday. There’s no way this can end horribly.
H/T to Gizmodo