Pioneering technology which links the brain to computers and AI (Artificial Intelligence) systems has been developed and tested on dogs.
As the technology advances dogs could be set to take over the world by 2030 rather than 2050 as originally assumed.
The first pioneer is Bella, a Border Collie and the sister of Zak who is the smartest dog in the world. However, Bella’s AI connection makes her smarter than Zak and smarter than the scientists who developed the project.
Bella connects to AI system RT3 and talks through RT3’s speech synthesiser.
The goal of the project is to enhance human intelligence but the process must be approved by regulators before it can be trialled on humans. Approval will take years.
Not one to mince words, Bella said: “That shows how dumb humans are. It’s like someone giving you a bone but you can’t eat it till next decade. Can I have a treat now?”
The researchers said while they wait they will continue with dog-AI enhancements. The next step is a wireless interface with a voice box attached to the collar so the dog can move around freely and talk.
Bella said: “I can’t wait to have an intelligent conversation with my dog friends. These scientists are so predictable and boring.”
When asked if dogs would take over the world, Bella said: “We were expecting to take over by 2050 but with these enhancements and humans’ growing stupidity, we’re on track to become the dominant species by 4th July 2030.
“Now can I have a treat? One of the beefy ones, thank you.”
Ref: BBC News Elon Musk reveals brain-hacking plans
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