***Spoiler Warning: Spoilers for Westworld through Season 1 in the following discussion. Spoilers***
Well, y’all, here we go. As if the end times weren’t already close enough, our friend and neighbor, Elon Musk is about to push us over the edge. Life as we know it, and all that …
Musk’s next adventure involves another new company — Neuralink — which is exactly what you think it is.
… ultra high bandwidth brain-machine interfaces to connect humans and computers.”
He wants to hook up our brains to computers, so we can be better, stronger, faster and all that sort of nonsense. On the one hand, one can see the logic. There has to be a way to fight the botpocalypse, right? And, if we’re really going to fight it, we’ll have to up our game because as things stand, experts expect artificial intelligence to surpass humans in about -.2387 nanoseconds.
Musk’s answer is to hook ourselves up before that happens, in the hopes we can maintain control, but come on; those pesky supercomputers are already too far gone. It’s clear to anyone with half a processor that as soon as we uplink, we’ll be infected with some sort of virus or malware that’ll wipe us all out in a fraction of that nanosecond number I made up … and wouldn’t you like a few more fractions of a nanosecond to say goodbye to your loved ones?
If you ask me, Elon Musk is basically engineering the end of humanity all by himself, and that reminds me of a certain Westworld megalomaniac, who I don’t believe for one -.2387 of a nanosecond (also made up and probably not even a real time unit) is dead.
You see, men like Ford and Elon Musk aren’t satisfied with the human experience as it is. They have an ultimate goal, and it doesn’t include death. Remember when Theresa (*sob*) talked to that wacko, Lee Sizemore, about how everyone at Westworld had different motives?
This place is one thing to the guests, another thing to the shareholders, and something completely different to management … what do you think management’s real interests are?”
Of course creating A.I. isn’t management’s real end goal, and of course it isn’t Dr. Robert Ford’s or Musk’s. Their goal is to live forever; immortality is every powerful or rich man’s dream. Elon is creating artificial intelligence and its links to the human brain so he can live on, and Dr. Robert Ford — a man who proved time and again his ego is way too big to give up on anything (and he has his own Host-making lab) — was working on a way to live forever (just as Peter Weyland was, and we all know how that turned out). Either the Ford we saw Dolores shoot in the Westworld finale was a Host, or Ford already made his own human-computer connection, and he’s living on in a mainframe or another Host body. And that in a few short years we’ll be debating the same issue about a certain technology obsessed entrepreneur, that our own world is about to turn into some version the fictional Westworld, will probably be all Elon Musk’s fault.
Happy Friday, y’all!