March 28, 2017
Elon Musk is about to get even busier.
The CEO of Tesla and SpaceX is launching a new company, Neuralink, with the purpose of developing technology that connects our brains to artificial intelligence. The purpose? To help people with neurological disorders and, perhaps, prevent humans from becoming obsolete in the workforce.
First reported by The Wall Street Journal, Musk confirmed the company’s existence in a tweet: “Long Neuralink piece coming out on @waitbutwhy in about a week. Difficult to dedicate the time, but existential risk is too high not to.”
The goal, according to the report, is to create tiny devices that can be implanted in the human brain for the purpose of improving memory, and keeping up with technological advancements. The chips would enable people to link more directly to computing devices. The devices would also help people with severe conditions like Parkinson’s and epilepsy.
Neuralink may sound like something out of a sci-fi movie, but it is a project Musk is reportedly quite serious about. The electrodes the company hopes to produce would, theoretically, be able to upload and download thoughts, a process Musk refers to as ‘neural lace’ technology, according to the Wall Street Journal report.
Neuralink has reportedly been registered as a ‘medical research’ company since July of last year.
More concrete details about Musk’s plans may not surface until he officially unveils his new project.
Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.