Saturday, July 10, 2021

Elon Musk tweets that toxoplasmosis forces humans to create superhuman artificial intelligence

Elon Musk has suggested in a tweet on Twitter that the protozoan parasite toxoplasmosis, of which the domestic cat is the primary vector, is forcing humans to create superhuman artificial intelligence. That is the interpretation by the author of an article on The_Byte website.

Elon Musk
Photo by Steve Jurvetson on Wikipedia. 

Screenshot of the tweet. The originals sometimes go wrong a leave a link, no more.

I think he might have been a little bit stoned when he wrote this tweet because the underlined words (underlined by me) he has used don't make any sense at all to me. They are as follows:

Toxoplasmosis infects rats, then cats, then humans who make cat videos. AI trains achieves superhuman intelligence training on Internet cat videos, thus making toxoplasmosis the true arbiter of our destiny.

That has been interpreted as meaning that toxoplasmosis makes people create AI. I don't get it and I'm not sure the interpretation is correct because it's very unclear but I thought I'd pass it on.

The interesting aspects of his tweet is that the National Geographic tweeted that hyenas become more reckless when they've got toxoplasmosis which makes them more vulnerable to being killed by lions. And mice become more reckless when they contract toxoplasmosis which makes them more vulnerable to being eaten by cats. And then cats get toxoplasmosis from the mice. And then they shit toxoplasmosis oocysts and the cycle continues. The point that should be made, though, is that cats only pass toxoplasma gondii oocysts for a very short period of time. This point is often forgotten.

And indoor cats that are highly unlikely to get toxoplasmosis. Back to Elon Musk. I think he is a great guy but under an enormous amount of stress which is self-imposed. He probably goes home of an evening and has a few drinks to chill out (and more?!) and then heads for Twitter in a slight haze and taps out the words we see on this page. What do you make of it?

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