!time:16:15 JR: Our innate materialism, and desire for bigger an better is an unstoppable drive for AI. EM: We are the biological bootloader for AI. Eventually humanity will represent a tiny fraction of all intelligence.
!time:23:00 JR: Are we in a doomsday countdown to AI? EM: Not necessarily, it could be great, or it could be bad, but there will be no way to control it past the singularity, like not being able to see past the event horizon of a black hole.
!time:25:30 JR: What is the best case scenario for merging with AI via NeuralLink. EM: Have enough bandwidth between the cortex and AI to enable superhuman cognition. The outcome for humanity will be the "sum of human will, of billions of people's desire for the future".
!time:27:55 JR: What are radically cognitively enhanced humans? EM: We are already cognitively enhanced via our smart phones. We can answer any question, do any calculation, and have perfect textual and image memory. The problem is the bandwidth through which we communicate with our phones. "It's an interface problem."
!time:32:33 EM: Government should set up an "insight committee" to figure out what is going on with AI, before implementing oversight. JR: I don't want Mike Pence dealing with AI, maybe you should do it.
!time:38:22 JR: Technology is not making people happier. EM: People make their social media lives look much better than their real life, and others compare themselves to this unrealistic portrayal and feel down. "Some of the happiest seeming people are some of the saddest in reality." JR: "Comparison is the thief of joy." EM: "Happiness is reality minus expectations."
!time:43:41 EM: The argument that we're in a simulation is pretty compelling... given any rate of improvement of VR, given that the earth is so old, and civilization is so young we're eventually going to achieve VR indistinguishable from R, so we might be in VR. JR: We could be on our way there. EM: We could be in base reality.
!time:48:48 JR: Multiverse theory? EM: There are many simulations running on a "boring substrate". Imagine an action movie being filmed. The process is boring, but is edited down to the interesting parts. The simulation will be more interesting than what created it.
!time:53:00 JR: Why are we here? EM: To make progress. JR: General trend is increasing social awareness because of instant communication through social media. We're abandoning preconceived notions and promoting kindness and happiness. Also, here's my samurai sword.
!time:1:05:30 EM: Roads are 2d while living and working spaces are 3d so roads can't accommodate these efficiently. You can go 3d with the transport system and solve traffic by going up w/ flying cars, or down w/ tunnels.
!time:1:09:20 EM: Why flying cars won't work. Too much airflow, and too much noise. JR: What about using magnetic fields? EM: Technically yes. But probably not a good idea, would cause to much local destruction.
!time:1:15:07 JR: Have you ever wanted to fix planes? EM: I have a design. "The exciting thing to do" would be VTOL and supersonic. The key is going super high where air resistance is minimal and so is drag so it's more efficient to go supersonic.
!time:1:19:06 EM: We must accelerate transition to sustainable energy. We are putting trillions of tons of carbon into the atmosphere. "This is the dumbest experiment ever." Fossil fuel power consumers have an inherent subsidy bc they consume the capacity of the environment to store carbon before collapsing.
!time:1:33:39 EM: S and 3 series have "lowest rate of injury out of any car tested by US government." But we still get sued. "I have a lot of respect for the justice system", judges and juries are competent. We were sued bc driver fell asleep "bc of the new car smell."
!time:1:37:30 JR: Police officers are good people. EM: "Most police officers are very honest... Most police officers I know of are very honorable, ethical people... much more than the average person." Police officers are given a trusted place in society and we must be vigilant against their corruption. JR: The gamification of crime fighting and prosecution makes people want to win and they cheat to do so. EM: "If you're a prosecutor you should not always want to win."
!time:1:40:52 JR: Our thoughts tend to gravitate towards the worst case scenario. This why prejudice is a problem, racism, sexism, because we associate the worst case scenario with the entire group. EM: People are mostly good. There are so many available weapons and mostly we dont murder each other. JR: We have to be mostly good, there are too many of us to get along otherwise. "An armed community is a safe community. Ever been to Texas? It's kind of true... People from Texas are super polite and everyone has a gun."
!time:1:49:15 JR: Will we care about privacy when we're cognitively enhanced Gods? EM: Embarassing stuff. JR: Will our need for privacy be the bottleneck against joining the Hive Mind through Neural Link? EM: The things that are important now, will not be important to us in the future. New things will be important: There will still be a "War of Ideas, Darwin is not going away."
!time:1:53:00 EM: Car business is the most challenging. It's very difficult to keep a car company alive. There are only two car companies that haven't gone bankrupt: Ford, and Tesla. Both barely survived 2008. Tesla had the wrong strategy back then, bc they tried to convert the Lotus Elise to use as a "car platform" and use electric drive train from AC Propulsion which didn't work in production. Ended up being too heavy.
!time:2:14:47 JR: I had a dream that there was a million Nikola Tesla's. EM: Technology would advance very fast. JR: There's only one of you, do you ever think about that? EM: I don't think you want to be me.
!time:2:19:55 JR: You have a gift of being a radical creativity engine when it comes to innovation and technology. What is it like to be Elon? EM: It's like a never ending explosion of ideas. JR: When did you realize that's not the case for most people? EM: When I was 6, I thought I was insane.
Somewhere in his packed schedule, he has found time to start a neuroscience company that plans to develop cranial computers, most likely to treat intractable brain diseases first, but later to help humanity avoid subjugation at the hands of intelligent machines.