Under Musk, Twitter-Neuralink Is A Natural Pairing
Almost two years ago I argued that Jack Dorsey was the most powerful man in the world. After proving to be the only person capable of actually canceling the American President, and instigating a near-global debate over free speech that led to a buyout by the world's richest man, I'd say it aged pretty well.
Twitter is an extraordinarily powerful website because it is a running electronic diary for anyone who chooses to use it. There are different kinds of users, but as of last quarter about 200 million people used it every day. It is as close to humanity's stream of consciousness there is. It makes complete sense that the man behind Neuralink, Musk's company exploring brain-machine interfaces, would want unfiltered access to this digital consciousness.
The theory fits well with Musk's apparent interest in an absolutist version of free speech for Twitter. The daunting challenge of the person running the platform is where and how to set up the guardrails for human communication. If you are seeking unfettered access to how the human mind works, you are going to be in favor of as few guardrails as possible while maximizing volume. You want the raw, unfiltered data. And if you think people won't tweet that out, well, you clearly aren't on Twitter.
It's hard to know how close to application Neuralink is, or what precisely will be the most obvious uses, but it's reasonable to see how Twitter could add another side to the machine-brain that may not be accessible through the direct science of studying neuron pathways and electron movement. Twitter's "Town Hall" illuminates how we interact with one another, our emotional trigger points, and our creativity.
Twitter really is a beautiful place, as the world is. And sometimes very dark — as the world is, too.
Will there be opportunities to improve on the existing platform? Perhaps, but with tremendous risk attached. If Wall Street computers break down, the effects are immediate and obvious — the market goes haywire. If the Town Hall water is poisoned, it risks a gradual drift from the already subjective path of human progress that may not be evident until it's too late. At least Jack's mistake was so obvious that it created an uproar.
I am happy to provide my raw data. The link between Man and Machine is inevitable. Radical free speech, while often discomforting, is the truest way to see who we are, and a natural starting point from which to improve. Godspeed, Elon.