Elon Musk Says We Need a ‘Merger’ With Machines, So Get Ready to Biohack Your Bod

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Elon Musk. Photo: HECTOR GUERRERO/AFP/Getty Images

Elon Musk, the SpaceX and Tesla CEO who wants man to move to Mars or die trying, reiterated today that he believes the future of humanity involves us becoming, well, less human and more bot. In a talk given at the UAE Tesla launch at the World Government Summit in Dubai, Musk told the audience, “over time I think we will probably see a closer merger of biological intelligence and digital intelligence.” You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile.

According to Musk, the largest problem for humans is the speed at which we communicate. On a good day, a human can communicate — via typing on computers — at 10 bits per second, CNBC reports, while a computer clocks in at a trillion bits in the same amount of time. (This isn’t the first time Musk has discussed the topic, he talked about “neural laces,” an as-yet-nonexistent hybridization of computers with human brain power, last year.) “It’s mostly about the bandwidth, the speed of the connection between your brain and the digital version of yourself, particularly output,” Musk said. So a “merger” between man and bot would “achieve a symbiosis between human and machine intelligence, and maybe solves the control problem and the usefulness problem.” Can’t wait to see how many words per minute we can all type once we hack our brains.

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Elon Musk Says Humans and Machines Need a ‘Merger’