Updated: Sep 24, 2018
As reported by CNBC here, Elon Musk declared on the "Joe Rogan Experience" podcast (full episode here) that he will soon announce a new product from his company "Neuralink" that "will enable anyone who wants to have superhuman cognition" to have it.
It is quite impressive that Musk will have some sort of significant announcement in just "a few months" considering the scope Neuralink's goals. Indeed, Neuralink aims to merge the human brain with Artificial Intelligence in what Musk describes as a "symbiotic" relationship.
Interestingly, Musk already believes that we are cyborgs (see our definition of "cyborg" in the FAQs section listed above) because of our constant cell phone use. The problem with current cell phone technology, however, is that while our cell phones have the capacity to receive massive amounts data from the internet at incredible speeds, us humans are limited in our processing of that information because we must use our underwhelming human eyes to read the information and then process it in our comparatively slow brains. Neuralink wants to cut out the middleman; it wants to create a means to directly merge our biological thought processes with the capabilities of Artificial Intelligence.
While it is exciting that we may see cognitively-enhanced cyborgs in the near future, Musk's announcement makes the mission of this website all that more important. This website is meant to lay a legal foundation (or at least a theoretical legal foundation) for cyborg law before any courts or legislatures have to make rushed decisions. If Musk's future announcement is truly revolutionary, we have a lot of catching up to do.
So, what do you think? In light of the possibilities, what do you believe are the most pressing legal or policy issues that we should discuss?