South African entrepreneur Elon Musk is known as the founder of both Tesla Motors and SpaceX. His net worth is estimated to be close to $15 billion. In other words, Musk isn't doing too bad for himself.
And with SpaceX, Musk hopes to commercialize space travel. In 2012, they became the first private company to send a spacecraft to the International Space Station. So it looks like SpaceX may soon enough reach its goal.
Humans connecting with computers would be an incredible technological and neurological breakthrough, to say the least. Of course, there could also be some questionable unforeseen consequences. So the question may be, why attempt it in the first place?
“I don't love the idea of being a house cat,” Musk said at the conference, “but what's the solution? I think one of the solutions that seems maybe the best is to add an AI layer...a third, digital layer that could work well and symbiotically" with the human body. In other words, to keep up with AI, humans have to become AI.
“If we can create a high-bandwidth neural interface with your digital self,” Musk said at the time, “then you’re no longer a house cat.” At the time, when asked if he would work on this technology himself, he said, “Somebody's gotta do it.” And in 2017, he's following through.