Elon Musk: The Future Of Humanity Depends On Us Merging With Machines

As society becomes increasingly automated by robots and artificial intelligence systems, one of the ways forward for humanity will be to physically merge with machines, Elon Musk said.

Billionaire Elon Musk is known for his futuristic ideas and his latest suggestion may just keep us from being irrelevant as artificial intelligence (AI) becomes more and more prominent.

The billionaire entrepreneur behind Tesla and SpaceX said the kind of everyday dependence we already have on personal technology will only increase over time – to the point where human intelligence and artificial thinking become one.

“To some degree we are already a cyborg – you think of all the digital tools that you have – your phone, your computer,” Musk said.

“The applications that you have. The fact that you can ask a question and instantly get an answer from Google and other things.”

“Think of the limbic system — the animal brain and the cortex as the thinking part of the brain, and your digital self as a third layer,” he said. “If you die, your digital ghost is still around. All of their emails, and social media – that still lives if they die.”

“Over time we will see a closer merger of biological intelligence and digital intelligence. It is all about the bandwidth of the brain,” he said.

“Some high-bandwidth interface to the brain will be something which helps achieve symbiosis between human and machine intelligence, which solves a control and usefulness problem.”