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Elon Musk on mission to link human brains with computers: report

Published Apr 21, 2017 05:34pm

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Tesla Inc founder and Chief Executive Elon Musk said his latest company Neuralink Corp is working to link the human brain with a machine interface by creating micron-sized devices.

Neuralink is aiming to bring to the market a product that helps with certain severe brain injuries due to stroke, cancer lesion etc, in about four years, Musk said in an interview with website Wait But Why.

“If I were to communicate a concept to you, you would essentially engage in consensual telepathy,” Musk said in the interview published on Thursday.

Artificial intelligence and machine learning will create computers so sophisticated and godlike that humans will need to implant “neural laces” in their brains to keep up, Musk said in a tech conference last year.

“There are a bunch of concepts in your head that then your brain has to try to compress into this incredibly low data rate called speech or typing,” Musk said in the latest interview.

“If you have two brain interfaces, you could actually do an uncompressed direct conceptual communication with another person.”

The technology could take about eight to 10 years to become usable by people with no disability, which would depend heavily on regulatory approval timing and how well the devices work on people with disabilities, Musk was quoted as saying.

In March, the Wall Street Journal reported that Musk had launched a company through which computers could merge with human brains. Neuralink was registered in California as a “medical research” company last July, and he plans on funding the company mostly by himself.

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Qadeer Apr 21, 2017 06:26pm

I am highly interested in this project.I wish that pakistan should have such a Research Institute like Neuralink for Students.Our government should take part in such type of activities.

M.Saeed Apr 21, 2017 07:58pm

He is competing with the nature and must think well before committing his resources for the irrelevant technology development. Look at his interest in driverless vehicles plying in the world where drivers take pride in driving high-profile cars.

M.Saeed Apr 21, 2017 08:00pm

@Qadeer: I would rather opt for a technology that could transform a corrupt mind to a pure human mind full of true human virtues.

nikus Apr 21, 2017 08:27pm

the best place to start research is collaborate with IISc, Bangalore.....

mirza Apr 21, 2017 08:59pm

Great, any one from Muslim countries who can take part. I must say that the people of Muslim world must be encouraged to work on these technologies so the mind set can be used for positive things and for greater benefit of human race.

Salman Apr 21, 2017 09:10pm

Amazing! This guy is on a totally different level altogether.

TAmilselvan Apr 22, 2017 06:53am

Immigrant like him make America and the world Great Again . He single handedly brought Teska to the market, working on reusable rockets, building the world's largest lithium ion battery plant. Collaborating with India for transfer and exchange of software. Great, America needs more immigrents like him