Elon Musk and his idea of the future… should we be worried? This philosopher and neuroscientist says yes
The ideas of Elon Musk They can be exciting for some and worrying for others. In this last group is the philosopher and Master in Neuroscience, Emile P. Torreswriter of books such as Human Extinction: A History of End-of-the-World Thought, and Morality, Foresight, and Human Flourishing: An Introduction to Existential Risks.
SpaceX and Neuralink are two of Musk’s most transcendental projects, and for Torres they constitute, along with Twitter (whose purchase he desisted from, but which was a key objective), institutions that show the north of the tycoon.
The conquest of space, the conquest of the mind and, at the time, the conquest of communication. Three elements that are fundamental in Musk’s life.
But what is behind them? Why should we stay alert?
for Torres, in an article written on the Salon portal, The decisions Musk makes, “unilaterally, undemocratically, within the relatively small bubble of disconnected tech billionaires, will very likely have a profound impact on the world you and I, our children and grandchildren, end up living in.”
The troubling ideologies influencing Elon Musk, according to Émile P. Torres
Torres considers Musk influenced by three ideologies:
- long-termism, in a version of the Swedish philosopher Nick Bostrom, as the risk of Humanity in the future depending on people “less intelligent or less capable” for decision-making.
- transhumanism, or the design of super intelligent people using advanced genetic engineering technologies.
- Total Utilitarianism, maximizing the total amount of value in the universe, increasing the total number of “happy” people, who experience pleasure, as a means to an end.
Musk, through his companies, would be promoting these three ideologies, always following the line established by Émile P. Torres. “Given that Elon Musk is one of the most powerful people in all of human history, we should be very concerned,” points out the philosopher and expert in Neuroscience.
The digital beings that will inhabit Mars
The South African, under Bostrom’s idea, would aim “to create digital beings capable of having pleasant experiences in virtual reality worlds”, to “potentially there will be many more containers of value, that is, people.”
These would be the inhabitants of the Mars colonies created by Musk, which would be considered as “the springboard for our descendants to spread to other regions of the Milky Way galaxy, beyond our humble little solar system.”
The billionaire’s plan is that on the red planet there will be a million people, by the year 2050, At least according to what was said in a recent interview.
“At this moment”, closes Torres, “The future is controlled by a small group of extremely wealthy people who are hardly accountable. And some of those people embrace normative worldviews that should make us all very nervous.”
Émile P. Torres was previously known as Phil Torres, but changed his name to not match that of a famous biologist.