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“When Elon Musk speaks, people listen, even when it’s not too clear if he has any idea what he’s talking about. Musk’s every word is scrutinized, and each of his ideas is heralded as a breakthrough in human discovery. For example: the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX announces that he believes reality is actually a simulation, and suddenly, the theory becomes mainstream. And when Musk reiterates his belief that the world’s population is headed for collapse by 2050, the internet becomes littered with think-pieces proclaiming Musk’s prophecy as scripture.
That’s why we should all be concerned that Musk is asking for government approval to start hacking people’s brains. You read that right. His company NeuraLink, which attempts to connect the human brain to a computer interface, has applied for permission to start testing the device on humans. The system has already been tested on a monkey.
But Musk isn’t a prophet, nor is he a world-class philosopher; he’s just a businessman—albeit a very successful one. And therein lies the problem. Musk is a self-built, tremendously successful individual. He founded PayPal, SpaceX, and Tesla—three monumentally important companies. He is one of the richest men in the world. Does any of that have to do with his ability to predict shifts in global population? Of course not. Unfortunately, we’re predisposed to think the opposite.”
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