Elon Musk worries about AI human-machine brain link

BY LEAH WILLIAMS
Posted on AUG 08, 2019

After his team's OpenAI Dota 2 game win, co-founder Elon Mush reiterated the rapid need for a brain-computer interface.

This week, Elon Musk, co-founder of the research firm OpenAI Dota 2, publicly acknowledged the work of his team, following a set of artificial intelligence bots beating a semi-professional team at the Dota 2 video game in a San Francisco showdown Sunday.

During his statement, Musk strenuously reemphasized the need for a brain-computer interface that would enable man and super-smart machine to operate congruently.
The "OpenAI Five" bots team, which trained by playing the equivalent of 180 years' worth of games, beat a human team comprised of ex-professionals and Twitch streamers ranked in the 99.95th percentile of players, according to Game Rant.

The game, released in 2013, demands strong teamwork as players choose from over 100 characters and battle by trying to destroy the other team's base. While the machines beat the humans in the first two five-versus-five games, it fell in the third match after spectators were allowed to choose the playable characters for the machine team and scuppered its chances against the humans.

Musk has spoken before about the need to develop a symbiotic relationship with machines before it's too late. He said in late 2016 that the "evil dictator AI" will prove powerless if "we are the AI collectively," which can be achieved "by improving the neural link between your cortex and your digital extension of yourself."

He founded Neuralink to tackle this issue, which has kept a low profile bar one explainer about neural links in April 2017. A March report claimed the firm planned to test on animals at one stage.

Highlighting the accelerating advancement of these technologies, the co-founder wants to act before time is depleted. Neuralink claimed in 2017 it will launch a product "that helps with certain severe brain injuries (stroke, cancer lesion, congenital)" by around 2021, one step toward more ambitious projects. Beyond these projects, Musk has called on state governors to regulate AI and provide public oversight