Elon Musk launches effort to interface human brain and computers

The venture could give humans an advantage when living with new generations of super-intelligent machines. Researchers testing the neural technology on mice say it is effective in monitoring brain activities and enhancing brain capabilities, per the Deccan Chronicle. Today's medical technology still makes it very risky to operate on the human brain, and there's the small asterisk of volunteering yourself for doctors to poke around in your noggin.

An executive involved in the venture described the company to the Journal as "embryonic".

In a message fired off yesterday on Twitter, Musk appeared to confirm he is creating a startup called Neuralink devoted to enabling brains to interface directly with computers, accessing processing power and perhaps even downloading memories for storage.

The technology behind it is called neural lace, a thin, mesh-like material made of a collection of electrodes, which can be injected into the skull and implanted into the brain. Specialists in the field envision a time when humans may be able to download and upload thoughts. Long-term, Musk believes it will help humans keep up with advancements in artificial intelligence.

Neuroscientists posit that the technology that Neuralink and Kernel are working on may indeed come to pass, though it's likely to take much longer than the four or five years Musk has predicted.

The product itself would be a "neural lace" that would hook up into your brain, allowing the user to interface directly with a computer without needing to type, swipe their fingers, or do anything rather than simply think.

However, electrode rays and other types of implants have been very sparingly used to treat Parkinson's, epilepsy, and other neurodegenerative conditions.

Musk's latest project (that's its logo at top) aims to connect artificial intelligence, quite literally, with people.

Musk also runs SpaceX, maker and launcher of rockets and spacecraft, which recently announced plans to send two private citizens around the Moon in what would mark the farthest humans have ever travelled to deep space since the 1970s.

  • Tracy Ferguson