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Elon Musk thinks humans need to become cyborgs or risk irrelevance

Human beings are in danger of being eclipsed by artificial intelligence and need to evolve the ability to communicate directly with machines or risk irrelevance, Elon Musk said in a typically heartwarming speech from everyone’s favorite billionaire technologist.

“Over time I think we will probably see a closer merger of biological intelligence and digital intelligence,” Musk told an audience at the World Government Summit in Dubai, where he also launched Tesla in the United Arab Emirates, according to CNBC. “It’s mostly about the bandwidth, the speed of the connection between your brain and the digital version of yourself, particularly output.”

To be sure, the idea of human-computer symbiosis is not a new idea. Fifty-seven years ago, psychologist and computer science pioneer J.C.R. Licklider wrote expansively on the theory of “cooperative interaction between men and electronic computers.” His prescient vision helped influence a generation of scientists and engineers.

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