Foreseeable Futures Podcast Episode 03 – NeuraLink & what would a Robotics 1984 Apple moment look like?

In this episode we talk about the future of Neuralink, Elon Musk’s brain interface technology. It’s recently gone through a new funding round.

This month Elon’s newest company Neuralink is planning a $51 million fundraising effort.   How plausible is Neuralink’s ambitious goal to connect a human mind to the cloud? It is building part of your brain in the cloud.  Part of “you” would be non-biological.  A few mind-bending thought experiments to chat about.

The ability to think of a question and you just “know” the answer just like knowledge you have today.  You think of something and the answer just kinda pops into your consciousness. We have  access to all of human knowledge via our smartphones and the internet.   But connecting a mind you’d be able to just think of a question and the answer would just come to you. No need to google it.

Even moreso, you would have intuitive understanding of the answer since Neuralink is able to access your brain.  It really might be like Neo and the Matrix and you can download knowledge. Not just know an answer, but you might be able to intuitively understand it as well.  You can read all about how to fly an airplane in a book, but it still takes a lot of training to make it actually “stick”. Neuralink has the potential to have anyone be an expert in any field with mere a thought.

Thought communication.  You could connect your mind to someone else and have telepathic communication.  This could be the ultimate communication facilitator. You could have absolute confidence someone is being truthful to you.  Trust could be built immediately.
And here’s where it gets wild.  You could experience someone else’s experience.  Want to know what its like to climb Mt. Everest? You could download the experience and live it through someone else’s shoes.  Your entire visual field, hearing, etc. could be led to experience what it’s like to climb Mt. Everest. Not like watching a movie, but in every way *know* what it’s like and experience it yourself.

The original Apple Macintosh in 1984 was the first mass-market personal computer that featured a graphical user interface, built-in screen and mouse and incorporated software spreadsheet programs and word processors. All these elements had been around for a number of years separately – the Macintosh was the first to bring them all together into what we now recognise as a PC.

Is Robotics about to have the same moment?  
Consider separately Voice Tech in Alexa/Google Duplex, Motion with Boston Dynamics, Ease of trainability – KUKA Robotics, cutting edge of dexterity in handling.  What would a 2019 robot look like that brought all these together then way the Apple Mac did in 1984.  How far off is this?  What are the implications?  Are general purpose robots that can do most unskilled/semi-skilled work coming sooner than we expected?

 

 

 

8 comments
  1. Is this pod on iTunes? I’m not finding it so I can subscribe.

    1. About to be uploaded now! Though Apple announced today that iTunes is being discontinued and will break it up into 3 separate apps. Musics, Podcast and TV. All episodes will be on the Apple podcast app

  2. Is this on Spotify?

    1. We’re working on putting up the episodes on other platforms in the near future.

  3. Any spotify link

    1. We’re working on putting up the episodes on other platforms in the near future.

  4. I hate that you triggered my Google Home devices. 🙂

    Also, I hope in the future this will be available in my podcast list, since SoundCloud doesn’t let me listen at 1.8 speed

    1. We’re working on putting up the episodes on other platforms in the near future.

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