What is the most valuable commodity owned by Elon Musk, the world’s richest man? Is it his armada of satellites hovering above the earth? Is it the automotive powerhouse company Tesla? Or maybe the newly acquired social media platform Twitter? The real answer may surprise you.
On a recent episode of Daily Wire’s morning news podcast Morning Wire, Discovery Institute Senior Fellow and philosopher of technology Andrew McDiarmid reveals to Daily Wire’s Timothy Meads what truly makes Musk rich: human intelligence.
McDiarmid also points out that unless we want that dystopian future where AI rules supreme over humans, we must keep our technology as a means to our chosen ends:
Musk says he’s a big believer in humanity: “I love humanity, and I think that we should fight for a good future for humanity, and I think we should be optimistic about the future, and fight to make that optimistic future happen.”
If he truly loves humanity, though, he will fight for what separates us from machines – our unique and unparalleled intelligence. As famed economist George Gilder puts it: “[A] lot of people have an incredible longing to reduce human intelligence to some measurable crystallization that can be grasped, calculated, projected and mechanized…Silicon Valley should stop trying to obsolete human beings and figure out how to make them more productive again.”
If Musk has wisdom, he will respect human design enough not to augment humans in ways that would endanger our well-being and insult our designer.
Listen to the full episode here.