During an episode of “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast with Elon Musk, Musk predicted that humans will be able to communicate without speaking within the next 5 to 10 years.
Musk discussed everything from complications with home privacy to brain implant devices. When he brought up the topic of humans communicating non-verbally, Rogan was shocked.
Rogan asked Musk, “One day in the future there’s going to come a time where you can read each other’s minds, and you’ll be able to interface with each other in some sort of a nonverbal, non-physical way where you will transfer data back and forth to each other without having to actually use your mouth?”
“Yeah,” Musk responded, “Exactly.”
Musk is predicting that people will use Artificial Intelligence that will give them the ability to have an exchange of ideas without uttering a single word.
“Our brain spends a lot of effort compressing a complex concept into words, and there’s a lot of loss of information that occurs when compressing a complex concept into words,” Musk explained. “And then you say those words, those words are then interpreted, then they’re decompressed by the person who is listening.”
Although this may be true at this given time, Musk believes that in the near future, humans will be like cyborgs, part man, part machine. We will be able to engage in a high level of communication that will be at a faster rate and more precise.
“It’s very difficult to convey a complex concept with precision because you’ve got compression and decompression,” Musk explained further. “You may not even have heard all the words correctly. And so communication is difficult.”
Musk envisions communication improving drastically, believing that this opportunity is extremely possible since humans are already moving towards non-verbal communication.
“We’re already a cyborg to some degree, right?” Musk said. “Cause you’ve got your phone, you’ve got your laptop, you’ve got your electronic devices. Today if you don’t bring your phone along, it’s like you have missing limb syndrome. It feels like something’s really, really missing.”
One of several companies that Musk owns called, Neuralink, is currently developing a brain implant that is expected to treat brain injuries and trauma. It has a possible launch within a year from now.
Musk said that the new technology for non-verbal communication won’t be a reality until the next 5 to 10 years.
“Don’t worry [about] that, it’s not going to sneak up on you,” Musk said. “This will take a while.”