Elon Musk: “Solve Autism”


Elon Musk, the founder of Neuralink, recently announced his intention to implant a chip that can provide information to the brain and observe brain functions into a human by the end of 2020. And he did not fail to disappoint the neurodiversity activists when he touted that it could “solve” conditions such as autism and schizophrenia.

Elon, bro. Slow down. You’re walking your tech companies right into a trap. You should probably think through whether or not you actually want to “cure” autism. If you succeeded, which neuroscientists highly doubt will be the case, you would sabotage your own business by getting rid of a condition that has provided so much talent to the scientific community. Just ask one of the child psychologists who conceptualized the Autism Spectrum, Han Asperger. “It seems that for success in science or art, a dash of autism is essential.” Don’t ruin your business, bro.

Also, you may want to consult the autism advocacy community, particularly self-advocates, before you go around making an unrealistic attempt to cure us of our condition. You will find that most of the community is not so fond of your idea. It has already been over three years since Autism Speaks, the main autism advocacy organization that championed the search for a cure, removed cure language from their mission statement because they were tired of being wrong.


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