In the fog of 4D chaos that has been the last three weeks, we almost forgot that there are non-political figures in the world capable of making our jaws drop with a soundbite seemingly designed to maintain their cartoonish public persona.
Long story short, we missed you, Elon Musk:
Billionaire Elon Musk is known for his futuristic ideas and his latest suggestion might just save us from being irrelevant as artificial intelligence (AI) grows more prominent.
The Tesla and SpaceX CEO said on Monday that humans need to merge with machines to become a sort of cyborg.
We missed you so so much...
"Over time I think we will probably see a closer merger of biological intelligence and digital intelligence," Musk told an audience at the World Government Summit in Dubai, where he also launched Tesla in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
"It's mostly about the bandwidth, the speed of the connection between your brain and the digital version of yourself, particularly output."
But why is Elon musing on The Singularity in The Middle East when he could be counseling President Trump about it back in the ol' US of A? If these are thoughts about saving humanity that Elon is offering in a totally altruistic way (classic Musky), why not say them to the new leader of the free world who is hell-bent on bringing back 20th century jobs into a 21st century economy?
While this might be some way off, the Tesla boss said the more immediate threat is how AI, particularly autonomous cars, which his own firm is developing, will displace jobs. He said the disruption to people whose job it is to drive will take place over the next 20 years, after which 12 to 15 percent of the global workforce will be unemployed.
"The most near term impact from a technology standpoint is autonomous cars … That is going to happen much faster than people realize and it's going to be a great convenience," Musk said.
"But there are many people whose jobs are to drive. In fact I think it might be the single largest employer of people ... Driving in various forms. So we need to figure out new roles for what do those people do, but it will be very disruptive and very quick."
Now, picture an unemployment line of cyborgs... Feel better?