Elon Musk casually launches a new company to upgrade your brain
- Author: Arturo Norris Mar 28, 2017,
Mar 28, 2017, 14:02
Further confirmation came from Tim Urban, founder of the Wait But Why website.
Considering the fact that Musk discussed his idea for a "neural lace" at Code Conference 2016, referring to it as essentially the only way to avoid becoming "house cats" for A.I., plus the man's penchant for starting companies wherever he sees a critical need (The Boring Company could save us all from traffic hell), it's no wonder Musk is putting his money and insane drive toward making cyborgs a reality. "I was given the lowdown about it earlier this month [March, 2017] and have been rapid-fire ever since".
Elon Musk explained that the upcoming Tesla Model 3 is just a smaller, more affordable version of the Tesla Model S, having lesser range and power, including fewer features.
The "neural lace" Musk has talked about is typically described as an implant or an appendage that would be attached to the brain, that would provide a way for brains to interact with devices, or otherwise augment human intelligence.
Such are the advances in computer AI, Musk has said humans "will be left behind by a lot", and that it is "only a matter of time" before AI takes down the internet. Since the Model 3 prototype that Tesla unveiled past year lacked any instrument panel with traditional gauges for items like range, speed and other types of information, many avid Tesla enthusiasts are beginning to wonder if Tesla had any special plan for the Model 3's dashboard, with many speculations that a heads up display (HUD) on the windshield is going to be a possibility.
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.
Initially, Neuralink is expected to work on treating intractable brain diseases like epilepsy or major depression, but later it could expand to help level the playing field between human and computer intelligence, the insiders say.
The young visionary added, "Some high bandwidth interface to the brain will be something that helps achieve a symbiosis between human and machine intelligence and maybe solves the control problem and the usefulness problem".
Neither Hodak nor Musk were immediately available for comment.
If Musk's goal here is to increase the bandwidth of the human brain, then as a parent of five children and the boss of four companies, his own brain could well be right at the top of Neuralink's waiting list.