As if Artificial Intelligence technology wasn't already advancing at an astounding rate – taking jobs, creating jobs, handling mass data, treating life-threatening diseases and personal shopping, now we have dual intelligence – the next tidal wave of disruption to come out of AI research. Influential figures and companies have thrown themselves into the further development of Artificial Intelligence. Last month, it was revealed that serial entrepreneur and disruptor Elon Musk has founded a medical research company called Neuralink. The biotech startup is working on a brain-computer interface which removes the need for physical hardware in human-to-machine communications. Is this ultimate cognitive control really achievable, and how will it disrupt the way that we interact with technology?
Though the lace would interact directly with a person's brain, Musk said implanting it might not require extensive surgery, remarking that it could be injected into the veins. The Journal reports that one of Musk's co-founders at Neuralink is Max Hodak, who co-founded a company called Transcriptic. Hodak's bio at the Transcriptic website says he was a "research assistant at Duke University Medical Center, where he built brain-machine interfaces for monkeys. As a member of the lab, he witnessed on a regular basis the inefficiencies of basic laboratory work that he felt were ripe for robotic optimization." Neither Hodak nor Musk were immediately available for comment.
Elon Musk's controversial startup to crate a'Matrix' interface to plug the human brain directly into a computer has raised over $27m, it has been revealed. Called Neuralink, SEC filings have revealed the scale of the firm for the first time. It has raised the $26.96 million of a technically still-open funding round that could grow to $100 million - although Musk took to Twitter to say the firm is no longer raising cash. Elon Musk's latest company Neuralink is working to link the human brain with a machine interface by creating micron-sized devices. Neuralink was registered in California as a'medical research' company last July, and he plans on funding the company mostly by himself.
Elon Musk, the futurist billionaire behind SpaceX and Tesla, outlined his plans to connect humans' brains directly to computers on Tuesday night, describing a campaign to create "symbiosis with artificial intelligence." He said the first prototype could be implanted in a person by the end of next year. Arriving at that goal "will take a long time," Musk said in a presentation at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, noting that securing federal approval for implanted neural devices is difficult. But testing on animals is already underway, and "a monkey has been able to control the computer with his brain," he said. Musk founded Neuralink Corp. in July 2016 to create "ultra-high bandwidth brain-machine interfaces to connect humans and computers."
Last Sunday, a particularly unusual DotA 2 tournament took place. DotA, a complicated, real-time strategy game, is among the most popular e-sports in the world. The five players of one team--Blitz, Cap, Fogged, Merlini, and MoonMeander--were ranked in the 99.95th percentile, inarguably among the best DotA 2 players in the world. However, their opponent still defeated them in two out three games, winning the tournament. An evenly matched game is supposed to take 45 minutes, but these two were over in 14 and 21 minutes, respectively.