SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk is backing a brain-computer interface venture called Neuralink, according to The Wall Street Journal. The company, which is still in the earliest stages of existence and has no public presence whatsoever, is centered on creating devices that can be implanted in the human brain, with the eventual purpose of helping human beings merge with software and keep pace with advancements in artificial intelligence. These enhancements could improve memory or allow for more direct interfacing with computing devices. Musk has hinted at the existence of Neuralink a few times over the last six months or so. More recently, Musk told a crowd in Dubai, "Over time I think we will probably see a closer merger of biological intelligence and digital intelligence."
Tesla founder Elon Musk has launched tech startup Neuralink to build implants that connect human brains with computer interfaces via artificial intelligence. The approaching technology would see groups of minuscule, flexible electrode "threads" implanted into the human brain by a neurosurgical robot. These threads detect and record the electrical signals in the brain, and transmit this information outside the body. This has the potential to create a scalable high-bandwidth brain-machine interface (BMI) system, meaning that it connects the brain to an external device to form a brain-machine interface. The goal is to use Neuralink to understand and treat different forms of brain or spine-related disorders.
The serial technological entrepreneur Elon Musk's plans of developing brain-computer interface through his new company Neuralink is a revolutionary idea, transcending the very fabrics of reality as we know it. The company's current trademark filings state that it will make invasive devices for treating or diagnosing neurological ailments. Through Neuralink, Musk also stresses on the sci-fi concept "neural lace", which essentially entails weaving a machine interface into the brain. Musk's original plan involves an implant that could allow user to tap directly into the internet, and use all the computational power available. Neuroscientists have been focusing immensely on creating devices that could read and write data from a brain.
Top artificial intelligence (AI) expert and founder and CEO of Fountech.ai Nikolas Kairinos said in a Daily Star interview that within 20 years we could have implants put into our heads that will allow us to learn everything. "You won't need to memorize anything," said the specialist to the Daily Star. The brain implants will also mean that there is no need to google anything as the answers will simply pop up in your head, claims Kairinos. "Without making a sound or typing anything, you can ask something like'how do you say this in French?' and instantly you'll hear the information from the AI implant and be able to say it," he said.
Elon Musk recently gave a presentation on Neuralink, his newest venture designed to create computer-brain interfaces. Founded in 2017, the company is experimenting with a minimally invasive brain implant that utilizes "threads" to reduce the amount of damage done to surrounding brain tissue compared to current implanted devices. Musk spoke on the unnecessary size of most current implants, saying that a smaller chip could be used in their place. Providing patients with a smaller, less obstructive brain implant is exactly what Neuralink is aiming to do with their product. In the presentation, Musk also said he sees Neuralink potentially bridging the gap between the human brain and artificial intelligence as well.