That headline might read like a clip from Black Mirror, but it’s the truth – Elon Musk has inserted a coin-sized computer chip into Gertrude the pig’s brain.
It’s part of his plans to create a brain-to-machine interface – which basically means creating human cyborgs.
“It’s kind of like a Fitbit in your skull with tiny wires,” the billionaire entrepreneur said on a Youtube video.
A live tracker showed Gertrude’s neural activity. Which went up when she ate and sniffed straw. And absolutely ignored everyone else and anything else around her.
We really hope Gertrude was asked permission before a computer was installed in her brain. Especially as Elon Musk’s company Neuralink has applied to launch human trials.
If all goes to plan, the interface will allow people with neurological conditions to use their phones or computers using their mind. Pretty. Far. Out!
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And Musk argues the chip could be used to help cure dementia, Parkinson’s disease and spinal cord injuries.
But, as ever with geniuses, there’s a lot more to the plan as his long-term ambition is to create “superhuman cognition.”
And why would we need that, you ask? Well, to combat the rising intelligence of AI which could destroy the human race. If you can’t beat them, join them etc etc.
“It actually fits quite nicely in your skull. It could be under your hair and you wouldn’t know,” says Elon Musk. Trust us, mate, we’d know.
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