A future-oriented entrepreneur, founder (CEO) of SpaceX and Tesla, Mr. Elon Musk has launched another company, “Neuralink” that aims to interconnect human brain with computers through the wireless interface; Which was first reported by the Wall Street Journal in 27/03/2017.
The eventual purpose of merging human brain with software could keep advancements in artificial intelligence, and these achievements could enhance memory or even allow for more direct interfacing with computing devices.
At first, the company is planning to use “neural lace” technology to implant electrodes focus on treating depression, neural disorders, and epilepsy. If that goes well, the applications could enlarge tremendously, the Journal reported.
Mr. Musk twits about his new project
A few months ago Musk hinted at the existence of Neuralink, to a crowd in Dubai he further mentioned that he thinks, over time we will possibly see a closer merger of digital intelligence and biological intelligence.
He added, “It’s mostly about the bandwidth, the required time for the connection to your brain and the digital version of yourself, basically output.”
Progress on Neuralink
As per the Wall Street Journal story, Neuralink is registered as a medical research company and it already hired some of the high profile personalities; entrepreneur Max Hodak himself acknowledged as a founding member of the Neuralink.
They further mentioned other members who are hired: Vanessa Tolosa, a specialist in flexible electrodes and an engineer at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and; Timothy Gardner, a professor at Boston University, famous for implanting small electrodes in the brain of finches to study the way birds sing.
And lastly, a Professor at UC San Francisco, Mr. Philip Sabes, who research on how the brain manages movement and also participated in the Beneficial AI conference, sponsored by Mr. Musk.
Like SpaceX or Telsa, Neuralink also plans to present a working prototype to be sure that the technology is secure or safe and viable before stepping to the more precious target of enhancing the performance of the human race.
Musk himself mentioned to the Vanity Fair that he is fully convinced with the technology for a meaningful partial brain interface and which is about four-five years away.