Most of my friends know I am a big fan of Elon Musk. Musk is the man behind PayPal, Tesla, Space X, The Boring Company and the most intriguing of all; the up and coming Neuralink. Musk states that the plans for Neuralink is to develop technology that will give a person superhuman cognition. Musk uses a modern cell phone as an example of how we can retrieve and store data like a cyborg. Imagine having an implant connected to your biological brain that could essentially place you inside the internet. You could become an all knowing human who would look upon other humans as we do our pets.
Some may say, but Nate is this the mark of the beast? I do not know? From a theologians perspective why is this so fascinating? I actually believe that John of Patmos wrote revelation for his day and has very little to do with us. I am much more interested with Jesus. Jesus states, “That all of them may be one, Father, just as you sent me and I am in you. May they also be in us so the world may believe that you have sent me.” (John 17:21, NV). Is Neuralink the answer to our Lord’s prayer? Has it taken this long for us to finally come to the ability for this prayer to be answered? We will be connected to all people; we will know everything that could possibly be known. If we all work together there would be nothing that we cannot accomplish.
So while people like me say we should get closer to God through prayer and meditation, doing good works to our fellows and studying the scriptures; others may just implant a chip into their head. Could this massive upload of unbridled intelligence actually be a good thing for the faith? With unlimited knowledge we may be able to reach a conclusive answer of the existence of God. For me, only faith is needed. Maybe something like Neuralink would give individuals the calculations needed to convincingly bring about the answer of God’s existence. Or, on the other hand we could find that God is a myth and only a creation of the human mind. I am willing to see what the data may show.
In my opinion Neuralink will only be a positive step in the evolution of humanity. We may see that God is not what we have been trained to view God as. We may see that we have all been a part of God all along. As the saying goes, “He is closer than a brother.”