Would you mind connecting your brain with computer for Elon Musk?

By : |March 30, 2017 0

After excelling in autonomous vehicles, launching rockets, digging tunnels and creating Hyperloop, starting the Boring Company and colonising Mars, now Elon Musk wants to merge computers and human brains.

You might think we are near the end of the human era, (though it is expected), Musk’s new venture is an attempt to control the robot overloads. Elon Musk’s new venture called, Neuralink will combat the rise of artificial intelligence by connecting computers directly to human brains, with tiny, implanted electrodes.

According to the WSJ report, Max Hodak, a company insider at Neuralink, described the state of the startup as “embryonic.” Citing sources, the report said the project will use “neural lace” technology to allow humans to seamlessly communicate with technology without the need for an actual, physical interface.

Neuralink was registered in California as a “medical research” company last July, and the Journal reported Musk plans on funding the company mostly by himself where he “may play a significant leadership role.”

Musk has not officially announced the new company, but he discussed the technology during a talk at the Code Conference last June. “Over time I think we will probably see a closer merger of biological intelligence and digital intelligence,” Musk said. “It’s mostly about the bandwidth, the speed of the connection between your brain and the digital version of yourself, particularly output.”

He said then the neural lace would “effectively merge in a symbiotic way with a digital intelligence.” He also said, “If somebody doesn’t do it, then I think I should do it.”

He also tweeted confirming more news of Neuralink would come out next week.

The reports say that the prototypes could be advanced implants to treat intractable brain disorders like epilepsy, Parkinson, or major depression.

Neuralink recently hired leading academics in the field, according to another person familiar with the matter. They include Vanessa Tolosa, an engineer at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and an expert in flexible electrodes. Philip Sabes, a professor at the University of California in San Francisco, who studies how the brain controls movement. Timothy Gardner, a professor at Boston University who is known for implanting tiny electrodes in the brains of finches to study how the birds sing.

But how far are we from reaching such a stage where this science fiction becomes a reality? According to Musk, it’s only 4-5 years away. Musk told Vanity Fair that he believes the technology for “a meaningful partial-brain interface” is only “roughly four or five years away.”

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