Thursday, October 19, 2017

Elon Musk wants to connect brains to the cloud with neural lace AI technology

Entrepreneur follows on from his beliefs that humans will have to turn cyborgs in order to stay economically valuable in the age of robots.

Elon Musk, founder of worldwide known brands such as Tesla and SpaceX, has launched a new company to connect human brains to computers using nanotechnology and artificial intelligence.

The startup named Neuralink, will carry out works around neural lace technology, which essentially means implanting small electrodes in the skull.

Those electrodes would then form a larger electrode footprint which would then be able to monitor part of the brain.

The applications of such nanotechnology are nearly limitless and would allow humans to communicate with machines through their mind.

Those implanted with the technology would also be able to, for example, download and upload their thoughts to and from the cloud via a computer interface.

The news were first broke by the WSJ, but quickly confirmed by Musk himself on Twitter hours later.

He said: “Long Neuralink piece coming out on @waitbutwhy in about a week. Difficult to dedicate the time, but existential risk is too high not to.”

The California-based company is still to unveil more of its plans. The current website also does not include any information about the project apart from an email for job applications.

Neuralink has been registered as a “medical research” private company in July 2016, which suggests that first applications will be directed towards the health space.

Musk, whose personal fortune has hit an all-time high of $1.8bn, has long been an early adopter of AI technology but only recently has come out strongly arguing in favour of merging technology with humans.

Neuralink’s news came less than two months since the entrepreneur spoke in Dubai saying that humans must “merge biological intelligence and machine intelligence” in order to advance their capabilities and economic value as robots become more prolific across the globe.

However, Musk’s dream to create the first race of cyborgs is not new. Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg has also set up a secret research division to develop a “brain-computer interface”.

Zuckerberg previously said: “One day, I believe we will be able to send full rich thoughts to each other directly using technology.

“You will just be able to think of something and your friends will immediately be able to experience it too if you would like.”