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."
Artificial Intelligence has been the topic of detailed discussion since it's advent. Microsoft Cortana, Google Now, Apple Siri are the popular and exciting examples of AI. Scientists have always been trying to make life easier and better for humans. So, there's been substantial advancement in almost every field of science be it Medical science, computer science or mechanics. Recently, you may have heard the news of unprecedented complete head transplant from one body to another which is going to be done by the end of this year on Valery Spiridonov, a 31-year-old Russian program manager in the software development field who suffers from Werdnig-Hoffman disease, a muscle-wasting disorder, by Italian neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero.
When news hit yesterday that serial entrepreneur and futurist Elon Musk was investing in a brain chip venture called Neuralink, the billionaire's fan club went wild. Theories ranged from this being Musk's bold plan to forestall an AI apocalypse to more measured responses about this being a promising contribution toward curing neurodegenerative diseases. Some also, only half-jokingly it seems, accused Musk of having played a little too much Mass Effect: Andromeda over the weekend. But to unpack Neuralink's purported goal a little further, you have to understand what is and is not currently possible in the realm of neuroscience, and why Silicon Valley is putting more time, money, and energy into exploring cognitive enhancement. Neuralink isn't the first company to look into what are called brain-computer interfaces, however it is perhaps the most high profile now that Musk's name is attached.
Elon Musk is certainly on the forefront of innovation when it comes to technology. He has elaborate plans of landing the first manned rocket on Mars. He then ventured into the self-driving cars field after cornering the electric automobiles market. He's now looking to advance technoloy even further with his new project, called Neuralink, which according to The Wall Street Journal, is an ambitious venture to develop a chip which will link our brain directly to AI. It seems a bit strange that someone like Musk, who's openly voiced his concerns about the new technology, would want to develop technology like this that would help the advancement of AI.
There is a new race in Silicon Valley involving Artificial Intelligence and no it's not HealthTech, FinTech, Voice Commerce or involve Google, Facebook or Microsoft... this race involves the brain and more specifically brain-computer interfaces. This race also involves technology royalty, the US government, billion dollar defence companies, a big connection to PayPal and years of medical research to better understand the human brain and implant devices that could make a consumer brain-computer interface a reality. The race is called "Neural implants, merging the human brain with AI" So what exactly are neural implants? Brain implants, often referred to as neural implants, are technological devices that connect directly to a biological subject's brain – usually placed on the surface of the brain, or attached to the brain's cortex. A common purpose of modern brain implants and the focus of much current research is establishing a biomedical prosthesis circumventing areas in the brain that have become dysfunctional after a stroke or other head injuries.