Artificial Intelligence Podcast: Elon Musk: Neuralink, AI, Autopilot, and the Pale Blue Dot


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Podcast Notes Key Takeaways

  • “There should be a government agency that oversees anything related to AI to confirm it doesn’t represent a public safety risk”Elon Musk
  • In the immediate future, Neuralink plans to use its hardware to cure multiple brain-related diseases (autism, schizophrenia, memory loss, etc.)
  • Next, their hardware will ideally be able to:
    • Return someone’s full motor control after a spinal cord injury
    • Restore brain functionality after a stroke
    • Cure debilitating genetic-related brain diseases
  • Neurlalink’s eventual aim is to merge digital superintelligence with human intelligence
    • It will be as if a “third layer” (digital superintelligence) is added to our brain (on top of the limbic system and cortex)
  • “Everything we’ve ever known and done is on the tiny blue dot. People get too trapped in their disputes; they don’t think of the big picture. They take civilization and our continued existence for granted. They shouldn’t do that. Look at the history of civilizations; they rise, and they fall.” Elon Musk
  • The universe is 13.8 billion-years-old, Earth is 4.5 billion-years-old, and in another half billion years or so, the sun will expand, evaporate the oceans, and make life impossible on Earth
    • If consciousness took 10% longer to evolve, it would never have evolved at all

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Elon Musk is the CEO of Tesla, SpaceX, Neuralink, and a co-founder of several other companies. This is the second time Elon has been on the podcast. You can watch the first time on YouTube or listen to the first time on its episode page. You can read the transcript (PDF) here. This conversation is part of the Artificial Intelligence podcast. If you would like to get more information about this podcast go to or connect with @lexfridman on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Medium, or YouTube where you can watch the video versions of these conversations. If you enjoy the podcast,

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