Updated: Neuralink Corporation is a neurotechnology company that develops implantable brain–computer interfaces (BCIs). Co-founded by Elon Musk, Max Hodak and Paul Merolla, the company’s headquarters is in the Pioneer Building in San Francisco sharing offices with OpenAI. Neuralink was launched in 2016 and was first publicly reported in March 2017. —Wikipedia
Telegraph UK. “His reasons to do this are two-fold. At one level, he sees an implanted medical chip working as a brain-computer interface that could help us better understand neurological diseases and treat them.
“At a deeper level, the chip is meant to boost human brain power so that we can keep up with a future shaped by artificial general intelligence. Even in a “benign AI scenario” we will be left behind, Musk has previously asserted. “If you can’t beat it, join it,” he once claimed. ‘ — More…
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And yet in our time even many Christians, seeing or hearing all of this, trustingly shrug and simply “flip the page” and go on to the next “story” or podcast.
Merging with AI
“The device the firm has developed consists of a tiny probe containing more than 3,000 electrodes attached to flexible threads – thinner than a human hair – which can then monitor the activity of 1,000 neurons…Connecting the brain to an interface would create a new layer of “superintelligence” in the human brain, he added, something people “already have via their phones”. —BBC 17 July 2019, Elon Musk reveals brain-hacking plans
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Some myopic scientists applaud Musk’s overall goals but urge everyone to “proceed more slowly and thoughtfully”. But if in the end a new kind of human being is created (“evolves”), different from the person God created in his own image, this is a most grave spiritual offense no matter what the vaunted pretexts.
— Immortality, Transhumanism, and Ray Kurzweil’s Singularity
— God in the Machine: Google, Ray Kurzweil, and a journey into transhumanism
— — Google’s Ray Kurzweil: Get Ready for ‘Hybrid Thinking’
“Responding to some of his critics, St. Paul says, “And why not say (as some people slander us by saying that we say), ‘Let us do evil that good may come?’ Their condemnation is deserved” (Rom. 3:8)! One might formulate Paul’s somewhat convoluted statement as follows: we should never do evil that good might come of it.” — Bishop Robert Barron
Pulpit Commentary. Galatians 5:9. “A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump (μικρὰ ζύμη ὅλον τὸ φύραμα ζυμοῖ); or a little leaven leaveneth the whole kneading. This proverb is cited again in precisely the same words in 1 Corinthians 5:6, with the words prefixed, “know ye not that.” In both passages the leaven is an element of evil, and so also in Matthew 16:11; but our Lord applied it also to an element of good, which was to penetrate (apparently) the whole mass of humanity (Matthew 13:33).”
No thanks, Elon. Chip thyself. Call those of us who oppose this reactionary but one fears that the potential mischief and harm that could come with it, especially in our time, may grossly outweigh any hypothetical good that could also come of it.