All of this left me with the same basic misgiving I had when I heard Musk's initial Neuralink announcement: Shouldn't we be trying to become less cyborgian, rather than more?
Tim Urban has a bachelor's degree in political science from Harvard, but he apparently educates himself on the topics he chooses to write about. He possess a passion for study and an active curiosity, both excellent qualifications for a writer. Unfortunately, he doesn't seem especially adept at questioning his own assumptions or, in this case, those of the people he interviews. Nor does he seem especially interested in gathering points of view that conflict with those assumptions.
- trolls might mess with the computer in your brain,
- the computer in your brain might crash,
- the computer in your brain might be hacked by people who want to steal your thoughts, and
- the computer in your brain might be hacked by people who want to put thoughts into it.
Urban acknowledges the uncertainty of Neuralink's prognosis with a series of charts that trace the hoped-for trajectory of the project's research. The path leads from "Starting Point" to "Sustainable Business Model" to "Company Innovation" to "Match That Ignites An Industry" (which is where Musk hopes Neuralink can play a decisive role) to "Industry Innovation" and eventually to "Goal," which is the wizard hat. After the wizard hat there's a box labeled "Result of the Goal." In it is a question mark. This leads to a final outcome labeled "Increased Chance of a Good Future."