Elon Must be the First to Implant Chips in his Brain
This recent article, which presumably reflects the idea accurately embedded in its title “Elon Musk’s Neuralink Would Implant Computers in Human Brains” is a sad example of how big money is wasted away in the hands of dreamers who is dreaming a nightmare. When I first heard about it, I sincerely thought this was an investment to a sci-fi movie. The line between reality and fiction has probably never been this badly blurred in the history of civilizations. If what is written in the articles is true, I would challenge Elon Musk to be the first person to allow surgeons opening up his healthy brain and connect his brain tissue to metal probes of a chip. Otherwise, one would wonder who will be the first to volunteer?
Associative Memory in the Human Brain is Not Readable
Many things are unknown about the inner workings of the human brain. However, one thing is quite sure that the memory is associative, distributed to a large number of neurons (like billions of them). In other words, memory is not like mailboxes each filled with a number, word, or image, instead it is spread over billions unrecognizable bits some of which are repeatedly used for other purposes. Even if you could miraculously hook up a chip to billions of neurons in the brain, you will not access to any meaningful data. All you will see is weak electrical signals traversing through massive number of connections. So, what has been chased here is a mystery. It would be utterly shortsided if this simple fact has not been communicated to the investors of this project. But, we can only speculate at this point.
Sticking Devices in a Brain is Not Different Than Scissorhands
There is also a serious logical flaw in all this. Why should one get a brain surgery to get a chip implanted just to calculate as fast as a computer? Why not just use your fingers holding a device? Is the future of human civilization require we convert our feet to wheels, or our hands to tools? Is this the greatest imagination one can come up with?
Obviously, it is not worth the risk to tip the tender biological balance of the brain by inserting objects just to be faster in calculations. Why not build robots instead? Not to mention, there are plenty of other ideas out there that can help humanity in the short run. How about genetic research, cancer research, quantum computing, superconductivity? How about fusion as an energy source? If you insist on the brain power, then …
why not invest on organic computers to build synthetic neurons to grow a biological brain in a lab, several times the size of the human brain?
Is There More to This Story?
One wants to believe that there is more to this story along the lines of synthetic brains that cannot be mentioned in the public due to anti-cloning lobby or strong religious sentiments. Nevertheless, media coverage along with the videos so far suggest that the main idea could be as absurd as it sounds unless someone declares it was an April fools day prank. I would not be surprised if the first phase of this project involves rats in the lab with observations to convince us we are at a brink of a super discovery. I am hoping that this PR move was a distraction from the real goal.
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