Neuralink, Elon Musk’s Human-Machine Merger, Brings Up Moral Questions

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Elon Musk wants to develop a device which allows humans to control machines only by using their mind

Last week, Elon Musk declared that he was working on a way to combine the human mind with computers. The unconventional invention is called Neuralink, which would bring progress in the development of artificial intelligence, while allowing humans to still keep it under control.

A neural lace on the human brain can improve its performance

Neuralink will consist of a small device which Musk wants to be added on the human brain. This device is called a neural lace and it would allow humans to control other electronic devices with their mind. Also, it might be able to bring improvements to the human brain. For instance, it might improve memory by increasing our capability of storing information.

Besides the tech use, the device might have a medical use, too. It might alleviate the symptoms of neurological disorders by administering a more effective treatment. Probably the most impressive thing about this neural lace is the fact that it might modify the neural code of a person. Thus, Neuralink can really improve our lives.

Neuralink and social inequality

At a first look, the device is impressive, but many other questions arise regarding it. Dustin McKissen wonders who might benefit from such an implant on the brain. If the device becomes functional and available to people, the first thing that comes to mind is the fact that only the rich will benefit from it.

Such a device is expensive to manufacture, so it is obvious that not everybody might get the implant. Thus, only those who can afford it will be able to control machines with their mind. Thus, McKissen says that this device is meant as a privilege for the rich and will make the social inequality issue more acute.

People who struggle with poverty cannot benefit from all the advantages of technology. This device will not make technology accessible to everybody, but it will deepen this already existent gap. Thus, less privileged individuals will have to compete with those who will now have two advantages: both the material means and a technologically enhanced brain.

In the end, McKissen says that he does not oppose this new device. Also, he does not say that some people shouldn’t be more deserving of a brain implant. He only thinks that the strategy should be reconsidered and that Musk should avoid any moral issues which come with the development of such a device.
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