If I upload my brain to a computer, would it really be me or a copy of me?

By: Lindsey Rodriguez and Elmer Garcia

Edit by: Sarai Flores

Elon musk one of the brightest minds of this era has decided to launch a revolutionary company. He calls this company NeuroLink and its purpose is to make any regular human into a superhuman by connecting the subjects brain to a computer as a means to be able to compete with modern Artificial Intelligence which has been getting smarter and smarter as time passes. This announcement was made before smoking weed and drinking on Joe Rogan’s podcast.

“Elon Musk says he will soon announce a Neuralink product that can make anyone superhuman by connecting their brains to a computer.” (jobs.lever).

One of the goals of this project is to help develop a connection between technology and humans with hopes of improving your memory using technology. Musk believe that we have a connection with technology but are limited by our brains so by combining the two we can enhance our experience and unlock new potential.”It will enable anyone who wants to have superhuman cognition,” Musk said. “Anyone who wants.” (jobs.lever).

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Musk seems to believe that we are on our way to becoming even more dependent on technology and that he is offering a direct way to improve that connection and believes that we can become exponentially smarter.

When asked about one of the potential outcomes of this experiment he claimed “How much smarter are you with a phone or computer or without? You’re vastly smarter, actually,” He said. “You can answer any question pretty much instantly. You can remember flawlessly. Your phone can remember videos … pictures perfectly. Your phone is already an extension of you. You’re already a cyborg. Most people don’t realize you’re already a cyborg. It’s just that the data rate … it’s slow, very slow. It’s like a tiny straw of information flow between your biological self and your digital self. We need to make that tiny straw like a giant river, a huge, high-bandwidth interface.” (jobs.lever).

This is all awestruck but Musk plans to take it even further he claimed that in the future technology will be more advanced. An alternative to dying could be just uploading who you are to another system.

“If your biological self dies, you can upload into a new unit. Literally,” Musk said. Musk believes this will give humans a better chance against artificial intelligence.”The merge scenario with AI is the one that seems like probably the best. If you can’t beat it, join it,” Musk states.

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