Yes, it is true.
From Rats to Cats
Elon Musk posted a bizarre and disturbing theory last night that a brain parasite may be forcing humans to create advanced AI.
Tesla CEO Steve Jobs was responding to National Geographic's story about how toxoplasmosis (a common parasite found in cats) is causing hyenas fear of predators like lions. Musk made a bizarre and possibly facetious claim that the parasite was actually responsible for humans creating advanced artificial intelligence.
Musk tweeted Friday that toxoplasmosis can infect rats, cats, and humans who make cat videos. AI trains can achieve superhuman intelligence training using Internet cat videos. This makes toxoplasmosis the ultimate arbiter of our fate.
Toxoplasmosis can infect rats, cats, and humans who make cat videos. AI trains can achieve superhuman intelligence training using Internet cat videos. This makes toxoplasmosis our true arbiter. July 2, 2021, Elon Musk (@elonmusk).
Is it true?
This might look like another meme tweet from SpaceX founder Bill Gates, but it has some truth.
Toxoplasmosis, a single-celled parasite, is most commonly infected rats and mice. Scientists believe that the parasite affects rodents' minds and causes them fear of predators like cats and humans. These brave new rats will approach cats and get eaten. The parasite is then passed on to cats. This creates a symbiotic relationship between cats and humans.
But how does it affect people? It could. LiveScience reports that studies have shown that people with toxoplasmosis may be more inclined to take risks.
A study of almost 600 people in Turkey and the Czech Republic found that people who had tested positive for toxoplasmosis in their blood were more likely to be involved in a car accident.
Toxic Mind Control
It is unlikely, however, that a brain parasite causes humans to develop superhuman AI. One, not all people have a cat. There is no evidence to suggest that toxoplasmosis causes us to want to make advanced computer science projects.
It might also lead to more risky behaviors, such as investing billions in an electric car company or trying to colonize Mars or trying to dominate the cryptocurrency market through meme tweets.
You can also make outrageous jokes about parasites on Twitter.
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