Elon Musk believes we'll need implants to keep up with AI

In a new interview, Elon Musk has stated his belief that humans will need to develop brain implants to be able to keep up with machine learning AI.

Elon Musk has never been quiet about his love for AI, and in a new interview, the business mogul has stated his belief that for humanity to keep up with machine learning, we’ll need to equip ourselves with brain implants.
Normally, that’s the kind of talk most people would bounce off this web page after hearing, though it seems Musk actually has an action plan and a conceptual idea ready.
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Musk took to Twitter to state his belief that humanity would need to equip itself with a ‘neural lace’ in order to maintain human supremacy over an artificial intelligence.
A neural lace would take the form of a brain implant that could boost natural intelligence by linking a human mind to a computer.


In an interview at Recode’s Code Conference, Elon Musk stated that “I don‘t love the idea of being a house cat, but what‘s the solution? I think one of the solutions that seems maybe the best is to add an AI layer. Just as your cortex works symbiotically with your limbic system, your third digital layer could work symbiotically with you.”
Previously, Musk has been one of the signatories of an open letter emphasising the need to investigate what social impact an artificial intelligence could instigate before proceeding with further development of one.
Science Alert cites that, last year, a team of researchers managed to inject a neural lace into the brains of mice. One of the researchers involved in the project, Charles Lieber, stated to the Smithsonian that the goal behind the research was “trying to blur the distinction between electronic circuits and neural circuits… We have to walk before we can run, but we think we can really revolutionise our ability to interface with the brain.” 
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Given the fact that Musk met with officials in the Pentagon last week, could he have something up his sleeve? We doubt it, but let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
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Source: Science Alert