Human-AI digital : Who will control the merged

The plan to directly link the brain with AI will inevitably create a privileged class that will retain self-identity and free will, obtaining an immense control over the ordinary human consciousness merged with digital space, argues Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek.

With an ambitious goal of keeping mankind up-to-speed with advancing technology, the billionaire tech entrepreneur and inventor Elon Musk has played an active role in launching a new company called Neuralink which seeks to create devices that can be implanted in the human brain, the Wall Street Journal reported this week.

However, such a step inevitably raises questions of who will be in control of the digital space that would emerge.

“There is first the big question of power – who will be controlling this digital space? It’s a mega-political question,” Zizek told RT.

“Here I don’t believe in those dreamers like [American scientist] Ray Kurzweil, who think we will become part of some collective brain-singularity and so on. No, the only question for me is – and we don’t have a good answer – how will this affect our self-experience?

Will we still experience ourselves as free beings, or will we be regulated by digital machinery – now comes the crucial point – without even being aware that we are being regulated?”

Zizek argues that with advancing technology, it will be possible to use this AI link to control people and get them to do things without even realizing it, something that has totalitarian implications.


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