Ever heard of neural lace? It’s a mesh-like brain implant that actually assimilates with your brain and allows computer/brain interface. It was science fiction until recently, when scientists successfully wired some mice thus. The mice brains actually accepted the mesh, in effect meshing with the mesh.
The long-term implications for humanity: Thought manipulation, performance enhancement, memory sharing, cloud-like applications, disease treatment — a whole spectrum of good and bad outcomes. Anyway, it’s a frontier that Musk sees as inevitable and impactful, effectively evening out the delta between dumb-asses and smart-asses, among other things. “Intelligence augmentation as opposed to artificial intelligence.”
What else did he say in Hong Kong recently? Oh, some stuff about Tesla, most of which went totally unheard by the mainstream press, which chose to write about tunnels and other irrelevancies.
- Falcon doors will soon get an OTA update allowing for a 50 to 60 percent opening, to better serve as rain shields.
- A truck will probably happen. Does that mean pickup truck? Who knows. Tesla thinks by first principles, not analogies.
- The price of gas can go screw itself. “What we aspire to do is make the cars so compelling that even with low gasoline prices, it’s still the car you want to buy.”
- Hong Kong should serve as a model for other high-density cities as the world shifts to electric motoring. High-rise dwellings pose an unsolved problem for charging EVs.
- Model III: “The most profound car that we make.”
- About Chinese competition: “If you’re in a race, don’t worry about what the other runners are doing. Just run.”
- But is China tilting the race in favor of the Chinese runner? “I’m trying to figure out there’s any way to answer that and not lose.” He didn’t answer. But he did raise an eyebrow (see photo). We’ve seen that non-verbal cue before. It’s generally affirmative.
- On shared mobility versus private car ownership: “I think probably, roughly 60 or 70 percent of people will probably want to own their cars. Or call it two thirds own, one third share. This is a complete shooting in the dark guess . . . They also may choose to add it to the shared fleet and then take it out of the shared fleet at will.”
- Autonomy/shared mobility not a threat. “No, as long as we make great autonomous cars. It’s just adding functionality that I think people will consider quite important in the car in the future.”
But back to the neural mesh thing. Why use a car at all? You can work from home. You might even be able to control a facsimile of yourself at work, while you’re at home, rearranging your sock drawer.