Elon Musk's new company said to seek brain-computer link
Mar 31 2017 by Michele Stevens
The visionary billionaire who founded Hawthorne-based SpaceX and the Tesla electric vehicle brand will play a lead role in an artificial-intelligence startup called Neuralink, focusing on integrating the human brain with computers, according to reports. Elon Musk's new venture called, Neuralink will combat the rise of artificial intelligence by connecting computers directly to human brains, with tiny, implanted electrodes. Researchers at the agency believe technology could allow the body to better heal itself, and create a bridge between the digital and neural worlds.
To stave off the A.I. apocalypse, Musk recently launched Neuralink, a venture dedicated to achieving brain-computer interface. The Tesla CEO also noted that this will be a stepping stone for human relevancy when the world becomes dominated by artificial intelligence.
However Musk seems committed to the tech, telling the Code Conference last June the development was "quite important", and he'd take up the mantle of developing it if no one else would. Using something that Mr. Musk has called "neural lace" technology, the cortical interface might first help.
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The existence of the company was reported by Wall Street Journal on Monday and Musk later confirmed it in a tweet. Simply put, Elon Musk wants to make something that would battle "existential risk" of AI overtaking Humans.
Eventually, brain chips could be used to supplement and boost cognitive capacities, resulting in increased intelligence and memory. If the company's technology proves to be safe and effective, it's feasible they could move to using the brain implants to advance human brain functions. The premise is that a hard-wired connection to the internet comprised of a "digital layer" can be built into the brain to merge computers with humans' grey matter. Over time, the neural lace could grow around the brain cells. He's also helped set up the company in a significant way already.