Neuralink: Elon Musk's New Venture

Elon Musk

 

Elon Musk is Tony Stark in real life. If you don’t know who he is, then let me tell about him in a single sentence. He is the co-founder of PayPal, co-founder, and CEO of Tesla, co-chairman of OpenAI, co-founder and chairman of SolarCity and even more.

 

Elon Musk
Source: ted.com

 

But he is not planning to stop there as he came up with yet another new venture. This new company called Neuralink will focus on the integration of human brain with the computer. This may seem like straight out of the episode of the Black mirror, the sci-fi series that takes a negative perspective on technology.

 

When was it Announced?

Being hinted since few months, Elon Musk teased about the new venture through twitter. According to reports, its goal is to explore technology to create a synergy between human brain and computers.

It wants to create devices that work alongside brain for next-level operation and achieving a biological and digital connection. It was already registered in California in form of a medical research company. Word is Elon Musk already hired professionals for the company.

 

Neural Lace

Meet the inspiration, Neural Lace. The newest creation by scientists, Neural Lace can be a key equipment for this purpose. The material is a mesh-like structure that can grow with the brain. This will allow to map the brain and analyze data as needed.

Neuralink

 

This ultra-mesh is already tested on mice and the results seemed positive. The brain cells grew along with the mesh. For now, tests are being done using wire and in future will go wireless. This whole brain-wire is pretty much like a sci-fi movie. That being said, it may have played a minor or major role in Elon Musk's newest creation.

 

What Made Elon Musk To Take This Move?

AI is developing without leaps and bounds daily. This is being a huge concern for many and Elon Musk is one of them. This visionary believes that AI may soon surpass mankind and pose a greater risk to humanity, His solution? Human Super Intelligence.

This is what Elon Musk is expecting from Neural Link

  • Merging Biological intelligence with Artificial intelligence
  • Optimize and Analyze mental output through a brain-computer interface
  • To have seamless interaction with technology
  • Performing diagnosis and combating neurological problems

He thinks that our brain is versatile and flexible and responds well to programming which is backed by a 15-year research by DARPA and he believes that it can be made easy with this new creation.

 

What Can We Do?

A lot of speculations can be made and all our moments of awe while watching sci-fi movies can be brought into reality.

SciFi Movies via Neuralink

 

Some of the possible outcomes

  • Enhancing our cognitive abilities – Calculations in nanoseconds, Brainstorming in seconds
  • Controlling all our devices just by our brain signals
  • Combating all the disorders that can include Alzheimer's, ALS etc,
  • Programming ourselves to become anything we want to be

This list can go on and on but what we have to observe is that the technology is in its initial stages and by the time we have flying cars, we will have our brains on the fly too. The days are near.

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