If you thought you’d heard about all of the bizarre and head-shaking conspiracy theories right-wingers can possibly spin, former White House adviser Steve Bannon pulled another one out of his proverbial hat on Tuesday, suggesting that Tesla CEO Elon Musk is going to begin implanting microchips in people’s brains prior to the 2022 midterm election.
A couple of weeks ago, Musk announced that Neuralink, his brain-interface technology company is indeed planning to implant a chip into some people, according to Business Insider, but the purpose is less sinister than Bannon attempted to suggest:
Neuralink, cofounded by Musk in 2016, is developing a chip that would be implanted in people’s brains to simultaneously record and stimulate brain activity. It’s intended to have medical applications, such as treating serious spinal-cord injuries and neurological disorders.
From that comment, Bannon managed to extrapolate a bizarre vision of the future:
“For all the stuff he works on, the batteries, Tesla and all that, the Neuralink is by far — by far — the most dangerous. When you talk about putting chips — particularly where we know it was one of the big chip companies the other day said for the next 20 years, it looks like we’re going to continue on Moore’s law. Right?”
Bannon, who is facing trial next year on charges of refusing to obey a subpoena from the House Select Committee on the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, then added:
“So you can tell what’s going to happen here. Totally unregulated, nobody’s asking these tough questions of exactly what’s going to happen when you start putting chips not into monkeys, not into pigs, but when you start putting them into human brains. Where does that go?”
It goes to helping people with horrible diseases.
Bannon concluded his absurd rant with this:
“And he is hurdling towards that. He’s already said by next fall, the fall of ’22 — before you vote in the ’22 election, he’s going to have a chip in a human’s brain. And that, ladies and gentlemen, that is hurdling towards the singularity.”
It shouldn’t surprise anyone that Bannon is attacking Musk. Back in 2018, he had this to say about him:
“This is the level of maturity you have with these people. They are all man-childs. How can they have this unlimited power. It’s outrageous.”
Sounds like classic psychological projection by Bannon, who will probably try to blame Musk if the midterm elections don’t turn out the way Republicans are hoping.