Elon Musk

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Elon Musk in 2015

Elon Musk is a entrepreneur known for many projects including co-founding Paypal with Peter Thiel. He is also known for his current projects; Tesla Motors, SolarCity, OpenAI,SpaceX and Neuralink.

According to David Pearce, in 2015 Musk was ambivalent towards the idea of transhumanism.[1] When however in June 2016 he started advocating neural enhancement, it's fair to describe him as a de facto transhumanist.[2] He's also a transhumanist presentist.[3]

“By far you have more power, more capability, than the President of the United States had 30 years ago. If you have an Internet link you have an article of wisdom, you can communicate to millions of people, you can communicate to the rest of Earth instantly. I mean, these are magical powers that didn’t exist, not that long ago. So everyone is already superhuman, and a cyborg,” says Musk [at 33:56].

In 2016 he was invited to join Trump's economic advisory team.[4]

Philosophy

Musk's transhumanist tendencies appear to stem from a mixture of pragmatism and existential fear. Most of his post-PayPal ventures have focused on reducing the risks humans pose to themselves and the planet(s) we live on. Tesla and SolarCity became Musk projects out of his desire to reduce human reliance on polluting fossil fuels, SpaceX came out of a desire to have a "Plan B" in case Earth could no longer sustain humans by pushing humanity out into the solar system, and OpenAI came out of Musk's fears that the first creators of an Artificial General Intelligence might not use it in a way that benefits humanity. Neuralink doesn't fully fit this pattern, but it's probably Musk sees this as levelling the playing field with a future AI, or allowing eventual full consciousness transferrence onto digital media, effectively making the human species significantly more resilient.

Luddite award

Controversially, at the end of 2015, Musk was nominated "Luddite of the year" by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation for advocacy around AI risk.[5]

See also

Not to be confused with parody Twitter account Bored Elon Musk

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