Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, has announced a new ambitious venture called Neuralink between launching new Teslas and reusable rockets. The California based neuroscience startup aims at making brain-computer interfaces called “brain implants” that can be implanted in human brains which will allow direct interfacing between human brains and computing devices, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Registered in California as a medical research company in July last year, the goal of Neuralink is to build neural devices (brain implants) to treat serious medical condition like epilepsy, Parkinson’s or depression and, eventually, enhance human cognitive powers with the help of computer hybrids keeping at bar with improvements in artificial intelligence.
“Over time I think we will probably see a closer merger of biological intelligence and digital intelligence,” Musk told while addressing a crowd in Dubai. He further added that “it’s mostly about the bandwidth, the speed of the connection between your brain and the digital version of yourself, particularly output.” Musk hinted about the brain-computer interface on Twitter while interacting with fans, that some exciting announcement about so-called ‘neural lace’ will be out next month.
The company, which is working on something that we have seen in science fiction movies, had hired several high profile researchers in the field in neuroscience, including Vanessa Tolosa of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Philip Sabes of the University of California at San Francisco and Timothy Gardner of Boston University.
In today’s medical technology, implants and electrode arrays have been used in humans to treat neurodegenerative diseases, which are extremely dangerous, and considered as the last resort, only when all other medical options exhausted. In such cases, people used to undergo brain surgery for implants that could produce electrical pulses.
In a Vanity Fair article published online today, Musk once again touted the idea of merging biological intelligence with machine intelligence. “For a meaningful partial-brain interface, I think we’re roughly four or five years away,” he said.