Would you mind connecting your brain with computer for Elon Musk?
- Author: Carolyn Briggs Mar 31, 2017,
Mar 31, 2017, 2:33
After excelling in autonomous vehicles, launching rockets, digging tunnels and creating Hyperloop, starting the Boring Company and colonising Mars, now Elon Musk wants to merge computers and human brains.
"I really think there are two fundamental paths [for humans]: One path is we stay on Earth forever, and some eventual extinction event wipes us out", Musk said, reports Wired. It's a medical research company whose technology is called "neural lace".
Musk often warns of the dangers of artificial intelligence threatening human existence.
Elon Musk has been quite vocal about his apprehension to the fact that AI could one day overtake all of us. Further details about the new venture are provided by the Wall Street Journal which discusses the founding of Neuralink Corp.
The technique could be used to boost memory or give humans added artificial intelligence. The solution for this, he says, is to find a way to create some kind of symbiosis with computers - merging biological intelligence with digital intelligence - so that human intelligence can keep up with AI. Doctors implant electrodes in brains to deliver stimulation for treating such conditions as Parkinson's disease, epilepsy and chronic pain. "Neural lace" is the implanting of tiny electrodes to the brain for humans to be able to make computations directly.
Musk, whose name is also associated with ambitious projects in space and electric cars, will be financing the Neuralink mostly by himself which could include capital borrowed from other ventures of his. The company, dedicated to interfacing the human brain with computers, draws influence from the Ian M. Banks science-fiction series Culture.
Tesla early in March announced plans to raise US$1.15 billion in new funding to help fuel production of a mass market-targeted Model 3 electric auto set for release this year.