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10.20.20
Body Horror

Elon Musk Compares Neuralink to “a ‘Black Mirror’ Episode”

__Jon Christian__Filed Under: Enhanced Humans
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Black Mirror

During Elon Musk’s live event about his secretive startup Neuralink on Friday night, the eccentric billionaire made a surprising comparison — invoking the dystopian science fiction show “Black Mirror.”

The remark came when he was replying to an audience question about whether the technology could eventually allow users to save and replay memories.

“Yes, I think in the future you’ll be able to save and replay memories,” he said. “I mean, this is obviously sounding increasingly like a ‘Black Mirror’ episode. But I guess they’re pretty good at predicting.”

Entire History

The question did bring to mind the “Black Mirror” episode “The Entire History of You,” which features characters who are able to record and review all their memories — with disastrous consequences.

After his meditation about “Black Mirror,” Musk went on to speculate that the technology could eventually be used for mind transfer.

“You could upload, you could basically store your memories as a backup, and restore the memories, and ultimately you could potentially download them into a new body or a robot body,” Musk said. “The future’s going to be weird.”

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