Elon Musk Has Launched Neuralink: Implanting Tiny Brain Electrodes to Connect Seamlessly With Computers
If electrical vehicles weren’t sufficient to sate the ambition of Elon Musk, then perhaps this next venture might seal the deal. The entrepreneur behind the Tesla car lineup has launched Neuralink, with Musk’s plan to connect people with computers so that the former can be as efficient as them.
Neuralink as the Name Suggests, Is ‘Neural Lace’ Technology – Elon Musk Has a Dream That One Day Tiny Brain Electrodes Will Effortlessly Be Able to Communicate With Machines
Musk is already running two companies, so now he can add a third one to the list and believe it or not, it's as crazy as you think. Called Neuralink according to people familiar with the matter, Musk intends to take up a leadership role in the startup located in California. According to The Wall Street Journal, the founder of Tesla is a member of the founding team where he will most likely oversee the creation of computers being assimilated inside human brains.
According to people close to this information, the solution is called ‘direct cortical interface’ and it is a layer of A.I. that is going to be present inside the brain. The core function of this layer would be to enable human beings to reach a higher level of function, even more so than what they are capable of pulling off right now. It is more than possible that the South African-born billionaire may have been inspired by the futuristic video game titled Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (Spoiler Alert: it was a terrific game) that he came to the idea of allowing human brains to interact with computers of all sorts.
@elonmusk How's the neural lace and augmented/enhanced intelligence thing going? Also have you played Deus Ex: Mankind Divided yet?
— Revol Devoleb (@BelovedRevol) August 27, 2016
Although an official announcement is yet to be made regarding the company’s primary goal, Neuralink registered as a medical research company last July. To keep the company on its feet, Musk is going to be financing Neuralink himself coupled with capital borrowed against equity from his other two companies, which is a decent strategy. So far, the company has been hiring aggressively, specifically people who are experts in flexible electrodes.
Unfortunately, there have been no plans detailed regarding the target audience Neuralink intends to hit or the products it could end up producing. Additionally, you have to keep in mind that to proceed with steps like this will require government approval, but if the startup is able to demonstrate and prove that the methods it is using to achieve its end goal are safe, the results can be phenomenal.
Human beings’ brains getting assimilated with tiny electrodes will not only make them more efficient when it comes to thought and action processing, but it can potentially be able to treat brain disorders, mainly those afflicting the elderly such as Parkinson’s.
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