Steve Bannon, former Trump adviser, has called out what he believes to be a veiled takeover from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) through Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s cybernetic collective mind. In an exclusive interview with The Daily Beast, Bannon points to Musk’s recent Neuralink project as evidence of Chinese infiltration.
The Neuralink project aims to link the human brain with artificial intelligence through a chip implanted in the brain. Bannon believes the project is a front for Chinese tech giant Huawei, which he claims has links to the CCP. He argues that through Neuralink, the CCP can access and control the thoughts and actions of millions of people.
Bannon’s concerns come as tensions between the US and China continue to escalate over issues such as trade and territorial disputes. The Trump administration has taken a tough stance on China, imposing tariffs and blacklisting Chinese technology companies.
But Bannon’s claims have been met with skepticism by some experts. Chinese tech companies such as Huawei have been accused of spying by the US government, but no concrete evidence has been provided to support these claims.
Others argue that the Neuralink project is more about advancing human technology and enhancing medical treatments such as brain injury rehabilitation than it is about political interference. Musk himself has said that the project could eventually help people with conditions such as paralysis and autism.
Regardless of whether Bannon’s claims hold any weight, they serve as a reminder of the growing concerns around technology and national security. As our lives become more intertwined with technology, the potential for foreign powers to access and manipulate our data and information becomes more concerning.
The debate over how to balance technological advances with national security concerns will continue to be a topic of discussion for governments and tech companies alike. But one thing is certain: as our lives become increasingly connected to the digital world, the need for vigilance and caution will only grow.