Tesla chief executive Elon Musk has launched Neuralink, a start-up which aims to develop technology that connects our brains to computers. A report from the Wall Street Journal, later confirmed in a tweet by Mr Musk, said the company was in its very early stages and registered as a "medical research" firm. The company will develop so-called "neural lace" technology which would implant tiny electrodes into the brain. The technique could be used to improve memory or give humans added artificial intelligence. According to the Journal, leading academics in the field have been signed up to work at the company which is being funded privately by Mr Musk.
Elon Musk, the Founder of aerospace startup SpaceX and Co-founder of Tesla, has launched an Artificial Intelligence startup'Neuralink', The Wall Street Journal reports. Neuralink will create devices that can be implanted in the human brains to help them keep up with machines. In February, Musk had launched'The Boring Company', a startup that digs tunnels to avoid traffic.
Ed Finn is the author of "What Algorithms Want" (MIT Press). He is the founding director of the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University, where he is an assistant professor with a joint appointment in the School of Arts, Media and Engineering and the Department of English. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his. What Neuralink proposes (and narratives like the recently-rebooted "Ghost in the Shell" have explored for decades) is a world in which the mind can be edited like software, changing memories, beliefs or personalities at the stroke of a keyboard. But we've learned a lesson from the thickening layer of computation in our lives, turning every toaster and toothbrush into a "smart" device: be careful what you wish for in networked intelligence.
Elon Musk is a man who likes to think big, whether its rockets, cars, or energy storage. And now he wants to turn us all into cyborgs. The company's mission will be to create direct interfaces between machine technology and the human nervous system. So why would a guy like Musk start turning his thoughts toward a future of human cyborgs? According to Musk himself, it's because he fears that humanity might be completely outclassed by our own artificial intelligence creations in the near future.