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News: Elon Musk's Neuralink may turn us all into cyborgs sooner than later

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?




 

LAW FOR THE FUTURE

"We cannot predict the future, but we can invent it."

-Dennis Gabor

 

Great technological advancements require well-considered complimentary laws. Unfortunately, those laws often arrive much later than the technologies. For example, the first speed-limit laws were not passed until 1901. By comparison, just in 1899 thirty American manufacturers produced 2,500 motor vehicles. 

 

While it is also true that premature laws may stifle the development of nascent, transformative technologies, the pace at which technology is now advancing and becoming more central to our everyday lives--for both inside and outside of our bodies--requires a reasoned, prospective approach to legislation. Particularly as technologies such as brain-computer interfaces and general artificial intelligence promise to bring about a paradigm shift in the fundamental functioning of society, delaying putting reasoned thought into the novel legal issues that will inevitably come follow is a recipe for chaos. 

 

As such, the purpose of this website is to build a legal foundation for the future. This is a place where we can imagine the unique legal issues that our Cyborg descendants will face and offer them well-thought-out solutions. 

 

So, whether you consider yourself a cyborg, transhuman, grinder, biohacker, futurist, lawyer, legislator, or forward thinker, let's join together to make our legal future a little less unknown. 

"For the power of Man to make himself what he pleases means, as we have seen, the power of some men to make other men what they please."

-C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man (1943)

"The end of law is not to abolish or restrain, but to preserve and enlarge freedom. For in all the states of created beings capable of law, where there is no law, there is no freedom."

-John Locke, Second Treatise of Civil Government (1690)

 

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"[N]o matter what quandaries we face--business problems, health issues, relationship difficulties, as well as the great scientific, social, and cultural challenges of our time--there is an idea that can enable us to prevail."

-Ray Kurzweil, The Singularity Is Near (2005)

 

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