Remember that guy from yesterday’s post (hint: Elon Musk) who was so concerned about artificial intelligence (AI)? Well, he’s just started up a company that wants to create a “neural lace” so that human brains can connect directly to computers (read about it in the LA times, Gizmodo, and, pretty soon, in Wait But Why). This seems a bit creepy to me, in a Matrixy kind of way, and highly unlikely to happen, except for only two caveats–1) everything Musk attempts seems to succeed and 2) this is already being done (see articles in the Lancet and MIT Technology Review). Ready to jack in, Mr. Andersen?
The new administration may be falling down on some of its promises, but it does seem to be keeping some. The US is on track to burn more coal and kill more civilians. It seems that Raqqa in Syria and Mosul in Iraq are coming under fire and that the US is having trouble aiming its bombs at the enemy. By the way, if you happen to be on one of those bombing runs and somehow manage to be shot down, there’s an updated version of the Survival Evasion Resistance Escape manual. Steven Aftergood reminds us that this is the reference that the CIA used when the Bush administration told them that they had to start torturing people and they didn’t know how to do it. Unfortunately for the new administration, the new manual doesn’t include waterboarding. Maybe they can ask the old-timers how to do that.