Sunday, June 04, 2023

What Could Possibly Go Wrong?


From Miles Klee, writing in Rolling Stone:

After years of delays, Neuralink Corp., a startup co-founded by Elon Musk and a small group of scientists in 2016, is set to begin human trials for an implantable brain chip that the tech CEO says will revolutionize humanity. And people are more than ready to lead the charge...

Yes, that's right.

It would appear that the US'ian FDA has given Mr. Musk and his band of merry men permission to start sticking stuff in people's brains.

If you click through and read the entire piece, I trust you will agree that what is most disturbing about all of this is the snake oil that Musk is selling and, even worse, how that is sucking in the gullible, hand over fist, who are ready jump on board the trial.


Mr. Musk's (allegedly) implant-free genius at Twitter isn't performing so well:

Twitter's value has reportedly dropped to about $15 billion, slightly more than one-third of the $44 billion that Elon Musk paid for it in late October 2022...

And then, over at the car company place, there is, separate from any exploding rockets, a small matter of product performance:

Tesla has earned a new title it may not want to tout: the brand with the most car recalls...


...In terms of the most recalled models, the data paints a clear picture: Teslas will cause buyers the most trouble of any car brand. The electric-vehicle maker's core lineup—Models 3, Y, X, and S—claimed four of the top five spots...


..."Most vehicles behave like the Toyota Camry–most of their recalls are issued when they are first introduced, with a rapid decline after 1-3 years," says Karl Brauer, executive analyst at iSeeCars. "But some cars, like the Tesla Model S, see a pattern of ongoing recalls, or even an increasing number of recalls, as time passes. Owners of vehicles with that pattern will continue to face recall hassles for years after they acquire their car.”...


How, exactly, does one go about recalling an implanted brain chip?

Image at the top of the post?...You can read more about Clark Stanley, the man who co-opted Chinese medicine and then sold a far inferior product made from rattlesnakes, here...



e.a.f. said...

that was an interesting read. now I know how they got to snake oil.

Now as to Musk and his brain chip. If this is to improve a human's brain, I'd suggest the first one who ought to have the implant is Musk himself. As usual he doesn't want to be involved in the fall out. You also have to wonder at the ethics the american government has to permit this to proceed.

Probably another "pump and dump" plan by Musk. Would be fun to peddle it in Florida, their governor might like it. As all good "snake oil" sales persons it could be advertised as a way to ensure you do not become "woke", prevents you from becoming "gay" and you won't want to watch drag queens reading fun stories to people of any age. Musk will make a lot of money. I was going to write, Make a killing but that is what may happen if people go ahead with this.

Its not 1 April is it?????

JP said...

very apt title.

electric jesus has created much. just dumped a lot of dough into old ideas and even more promoting them.

too many idiots follow the hype rather using their brain.

Trailblazer said...

Enough shit hit the fan with transgenderism; just think what Cyborgs are going to do?
In the future will we ask.
Is the Cyborg male or female?
Is the Cyborg heterosexual, gay or lesbian?
Can we replace the chip in the Cyborg to change it's sex?
This is all tongue in the cheek now but in the future: I'm not so sure?


RossK said...


I'm not so sure the pedlar himself would be willing to partake in his implantable wares until the gullible have allowed him to work out all the tics, bugs and disasters...


JP -

A most apt description of the EJ's MO.

And, of course, tons of that dough was not even his...



What's in the cheek today can jam the throat tomorrow!

Trailblazer said...

We have recently been introduced to AI and now brain implants .
We can bet our last dollar that the militaries of the world, followed by every authoritarian leader dictator or not will be lining up to buy into both.
Could we have Daniel Smith tarsands implant or , in the slave states,a born again implant?
1984 never did go out of fashion!