If you were to ask SpaceX CEO Elon Musk about how he views human colonies in the moon and Planet Mars would look like in the near future, it would be a world where both humans and cyborgs co-exist. 

“We will probably start seeing more truly cyborg activity,” Musk said in an unearthed video of an event held at Stanford University back in 2015. In the video, the enigmatic chief engineer was being asked by DFJ General Partner Steve Jurvetson what he thinks the year 2035 would look like. 

“It’s always really tricky looking to the future, as some of it is really obvious like computing power is going to be crazy. The real big change is the cost of computing power, not so much the circuit density. You’re rearranging a computer on a little chip and once the capital cost of the development and the chip plant is paid for, the marginal cost of the chip is very tiny. I think we’ll see massively parallel computers and computing power and storage is really as much as you want.”

According to a report, Musk believes that this great technological advancement would definitely go hand in hand with the flourishing of artificial intelligence. “The things that get me excited about the future is I think we will probably start seeing more truly cyborg activity, like a brain and computer interface. There are amazing things happening already, they figured out how to make an artificial hippocampus in monkeys, and now they are looking at doing that to solve severe epilepsy. By having an artificially augmented hippocampus they can actually solve severe epilepsy cases. It’s like wow – you can read and write information to the chip from the brain.” 

Musk believes that this setup will be more possible in the future where humans will start thriving in colonies outside of Earth. It is no secret that the SpaceX CEO has big plans of heading to the moon and Planet Mars, saying that it is about time that people should start thinking of setting up colonies on another planet altogether. 

 “The idea of being a multi-planet species and getting out there to exploring the stars is something that is really inspiring. Just as Apollo was incredibly inspiring to everyone around the world, only a tiny number of people went to the Moon, but really we all went there. I think that’s true if we have a Mars base as well. It’s very important that we have things that are exciting and inspiring for the future, otherwise why get up in the morning? It’s just one sad problem after another.”

Going back to AI, Microsoft actually invested $1billion into Musk’s AI project which targets to create computers that mimic actual brain activities. The project is called OpenAI and it has the grand vision of building artificial intelligence that could “surpass the cognitive capabilities of humans.”

(L-R) NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, SpaceX founder Elon Musk, and astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken speaking during a news conference at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California on October 10, 2019 (L-R) NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, SpaceX founder Elon Musk, and astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken speaking during a news conference at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California on October 10, 2019 Photo: www.philippachecophoto.com / Philip Pacheco