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Elon Musk Talking about AI and disruption

During the launch of a Tesla into the UAE, Elon Musk held his audience captivated at the World Government Summit in Dubai, when he was suggesting that humans need to merge with machines to become some sort of cyborg.

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

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

Case in point …. Computers can communicate at a trillion bits per second”, while humans, whose main communication method is typing with their fingers via a mobile device, can do about 10 bits per second.

Over the years, humans have been flirting with their inventions – We have created cars, computers and our mobiles to improve our communication and efficiency. 

“The next innovation is to merge the human to the machine by having some high bandwidth interface to the brain that will achieve a symbiosis between human and machine intelligence and maybe solves the control problem and the usefulness problem,” Musk explained.

This symbiosis (maybe in the form of a chip in the brain?) will enable us  to access information quickly and tap into artificial intelligence. 

Will we have a “chip ceremony” 7 days after we are born?

The imminent disruption of a major industry 

Autonomous cars – which will be an amazing convenience – will displace jobs – this is going to be a major disruptive and will happen very quickly – within the next 20 years . This will render 12 to 15 percent of the global workforce redundant – they will need to find other jobs. 

What will be the new roles for us  humans? What do we need to do to upskill into meaningful work? What do webneed to? Will there be a new economy? Universal income? How will we behave? 

What will we look like? How will we evolve? Will the elite be some sort of Cyborg? Are we already not some sort of Cyborg? 

These are the narratives that are being discussed at I4J (Innovation 4 Jobs).

Where do you think the new jobs will be in 2050 and beyond?

The future of work – Beyond 2050 ? 

What will we look like – Beyond 2050?

Hopefully not like this


Posted on February 20, 2018

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