Elon Musk’s company Neuralink recently announced it hopes to begin human trials in six months. Neuralink develops ‘implantable brain-computer interfaces,’ or more simply, chips for your brain. And the health benefits could be AMAZING, Glenn says, especially for those with brain injuries. But the downsides of technological developments like this one can be TERRIFYING, too...especially if they're placed into the wrong hands.
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GLENN: By the way, did you hear the Neuralink thing? In human testing now.
This is -- gang, I know -- if you're a long-time listener. I know 20 years ago, you thought, I was just a babbling madman. When I would talk to you about the singularity. And talk to you about what tech was going to be like.
Ten years ago. Same thing. Five years ago, maybe you started going, I don't know. I mean, I guess people are talking about it.
Two years ago, same thing.
You need to understand the singularity. Because it's on our doorstep. And that is through Elon Musk. And neural link.
It will be heralded as a great thing. And believe me, as a father of a daughter who has had strokes, this would change her. It would make her probably whole. Because the problem with strokes is the pathways for information. If you think of the brain as a road map, there are bridges that are out. And so, it takes longer for information to go from one place to another. And sometimes, it can't go there at all.
GLENN: What neural link promises to do, is to bridge from one part of the brain to the other part of the brain. Electronically.
GLENN: It's incredible. Absolutely incredible.
STU: And has the potential to be a miracle, if it were --
GLENN: A miracle. People. If you had a stroke, you could go back to -- the promise is -- the hope is, back to the way you were before the stroke. I mean, that's -- that's a miracle.
However, it also would connect to the internet. And it is Elon Musk's way of saying, we've got to come up with something fast and cheap. Because this is what the left is going to do. And people want to control. And there's got to be something out there, that will be a good version of this. Where if you want to learn Spanish, you just download it. I mean, it's very matrix. It's here. Tonight dismiss this. It's here.
STU: Is neural link the same as AI.
GLENN: No. It's the beginning.
STU: Neural link is more health type reasons, isn't it?
GLENN: No. It's to digitize the brain for health reasons.
GLENN: But that's step one. The other steps, as it goes, links you to the internet.
So you can download and upload information. And remember, that's a pipe in your head. This is when the -- this is when economic forum says, yes.
We've lost some privacy. People know what I'm doing. Know where I am. Know what I'm thinking. Even what I'm dreaming. But it's all worth it, okay? That's what they mean.
Because you will be -- the government or these institutions or whatever. Will be able to go into your head. And know what you're thinking. Because you're using the back bone of the internet to think and research. And it can go into your head and retrieve dreams. It's extraordinarily dangerous.
STU: To think targeted advertising uses this. Like every time I think about Taco Bell. I get a coupon from Taco Bell. I mean --
GLENN: Or all the times you don't think about Taco Bell. And yet, you're thinking about Taco Bell.
STU: Should be.
There can't be more times I'm thinking about Taco Bell. That's not possible.
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GLENN: So I want to talk to you a little bit about this rail strike. And I don't know about you. But, I mean, I'm not passionate about --
GLENN: -- either side.
However, however, I do think --
STU: I'm worried about the consequences of it.
GLENN: Well, I'm also. I think I'm actually -- if it is, as is presented. Which I don't believe anything anymore.
But if it is as presented, these train companies can't let their employees have a few extra days for sick-leave?
STU: Yeah. I'm sure it's more complicated than that. That's the story from the media. I just don't want them to have a sick day. They interviewed a guy. I'm at home with the flu. And I have to have vacation time. Obviously, that's not the way it should be. Is that the only issue? Really?
GLENN: Yeah, so I'm not patient about it, because I don't believe either side. However, a couple of things.
One, the media said, Joe Biden solved this right before the election.
STU: Right. So he had all the preelection benefits of solving this crisis. And he found out later, well, no. It wasn't real.
GLENN: We actually knew. Everyone knew. But only sources said, he didn't solve it. He passed the buck, and it will happen in December.
The other thing that is quite concerning on this, is Mr. Most -- biggest union supporter --
GLENN: Supporter of any president in the history of the United States, he also bails out the railroads all the time. Okay?
So government money is going to the business of railroads as well. He can't get a few sick days? This guy is toothless. Absolutely toothless.
STU: Completely incompetent. Or something else is going on.
GLENN: Yeah. And the media, again, the biggest problem, because you don't know what a rail strike would do to you and the country. In quick fashion.
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So, Stu, there are two stories I barely understand. Let me start with the one that I'm really a little foggy on. For any mammal, the loss of the Y chromosome should mean the loss of males and the demise of the species. However, the Amami spiny rat manages without a Y chromosome. And has puzzled biologists for decades. Now, a Japanese scientist and her colleagues have shown that one of the rat's normal chromosomes effectively evolved into a new male sex chromosome. I hate to get all sciencey. Because I don't know how these rats identify. I don't know any of their pronouns or anything else.
STU: Oh, no.
GLENN: So the reason why this is important, is because the Y chromosome seems to be getting weaker and weaker. And in a lot of mammals, including man.
GLENN: And once you lose the Y, then what happens? You've only got females.
End of the species. So that's why they're looking into this. Because they believe that we are headed for the same kind of thing.
STU: The end of the species. I think just involving car accidents.
GLENN: Oh, my gosh. Only women drivers. It would be crazy. And women presidents and CEOs.
STU: Gosh, just shut the thing down.
GLENN: Lord, please come down.
Anyway, so --
STU: So stupid. That's largely just to piss off Sara in the other room.
GLENN: Oh, it is. Largely?
STU: And, of course, the fact that it's true.
So the next story is a quantum computer has simulated a wormhole for the first time.
Now, do you know what a wormhole is?
STU: It's a space thing. It's like a sciencey space thing.
GLENN: Yeah. So it's like you take a piece of paper, and you fold it in half. And then you I think fold it again. And you put a little hole in it.
And you would see, that there would be two holes, in the piece of paper.
STU: Yeah. Looks like a mask. With the eye holes.
GLENN: In fact, it's almost the perfect mask.
Okay. So -- and probably Fauci would have me wear this.
Anyway, so a wormhole is a way to collapse the distance in between those two holes. Okay?
GLENN: And then they are right -- you go through one hole, and you're right there. Because they're next to each other.
STU: Right. Instantly.
GLENN: If space is folding. So that's the idea of a wormhole. You could travel great distances through that. Quickly.
So this is just been a theory. Scientists with a quantity uncle computer, have just simulated a wormhole for the very first time.
Now, it gets very complex, because they say, it was a holographic. But it's not exactly a holograph. It's -- they're just -- they just simplified things by taking gravity out of the equation, which gets into i Phone and the theory of relativity. So they had to have something that took relativity out. And see if they could simulate this. Well, they did. And what this means is, you could have, without any wires, cables, Wi-Fi, nothing!
You can take something, digitally, and send it from let's say, my desk, to a desk in London. Paragraph and it would exist in both places.
And you could close one of the doors, and it would either come back to me, and only be here. Or I could close my door, and it would be in London.
They just did this. This changes everything!
This changes everything. This is -- you remember i Phone when he was -- they talked to him about quantum physics. He said, God doesn't play dice.
Meaning, there is no super -- there is no super position of -- of a molecule, or I don't even know. Of a cubit they're new called. It can't be both positive and negative. It can't be both one and a zero.
But quantum says, yes, it can. That led him to say, God doesn't play dice.
It doesn't work that way. Remember, the theory of relativity is only a theory. It's the best theory we have on how things work.
Quantum buildings up, and says, I don't think the basic soup -- I don't think it really goes with any of those physics.
I think it breaks down at some point, and starts behaving completely illogically.
This shows that Einstein may have been wrong. Maybe God is playing dice.
This -- this -- this -- the things that we have on the horizon, are so ground-breaking. And just quantum computing. All of this stuff, will change life. In ways we -- it's like we're standing in the 12 hundreds. And trying to imagine today.
But it's going to happen in the next 50 years.
STU: Do we have any idea, where this would end up? Like, what would be the endgame of this type of technology --
GLENN: The biggest thing of quantum computing, is you will probably solve cancer in a week. You will solve these problems that cannot be solved.
Because it can model a million different things, all at the same time. So remember, Einstein -- Edison said, you know, I didn't find a -- a -- I didn't fail a thousand times. I found a thousand ways, the lightbulb doesn't work.
That will -- you'll only fail -- you'll fail and succeed, one time.
Because you'll try all of the combinations, all at once.
GLENN: And you'll have the answer.
STU: It feels like, there are so many things right now, on the fringes of science. Like where we are really -- where scientists are -- are playing, right?
They're at the very edges of understanding. Where they can go. But see the path forward. You know some of these problems like this one. Are just beginning to be solved. And there are so many different directions. Whether we talked about the singularity. Or whether it's quantum computing.
Or all sorts of different technologies. That it feels like, one of these is going to hit in a way, that totally changes the world, almost immediately.
GLENN: But in a way, let's look at the telephone for a minute. Put yourself back at Alexander who can't mean bell's time. Alexander Graham Bell comes up with this, this is great. Look at this. No one is going to have a telephone for a long time?
STU: That's what they say about everything. Even electricity.
GLENN: They say, I'll go to the town square, that has electricity. And I'll be able to call Washington, if I needed to talk to the president, if it was an emergency. They were thinking like that. They would have never thought. Think of the phone today.
It's no longer cordless. I mean, it's no longer corded.
GLENN: It doesn't work with -- with wires. It doesn't -- it's a television. It's a camera.
I mean --
STU: It's no longer really even for phone conversations.
STU: And that's I think a really interesting example for how this goes. Think of singularity for a second. Eventually, we merge with machines. My very terrible understanding of it. Eventually, we merge with computers. Where we're able to access information, instantly. Because we have maybe a chip in our head or whatever.
That allows us --
GLENN: Right. And we also have nanobot technology, in our bloodstream, that is keeping you alive. You don't have to take medicine anymore. The nanobots are programmed to take care of your body. And it repairs itself, through technology. Which is connected to AI. A giant machine, outside of your body.
STU: Right. So you're one with AI. You're one with machines. You're a hybrid person.
GLENN: That's the singularity.
STU: That's the singularity.
If you think about, let's say for information purposes. You want to get an answer something. In this world of the singularity, you want to know who is you know the president of France in 2004, right?
It would instantly, you would be able to access that information instantly, inside your brain.
GLENN: Yeah. Right now, you would have to go to Google, open up Google, and type in your question.
GLENN: The singularity, where it would be imagined to be used at its highest level. Who was the president of France?
Oh, it was so-and-so.
STU: Right. You would know immediately.
GLENN: The minute you think it, the answer is there. Because you're connected to everything.