Elon Musk, Tesla’s chief executive has launched Neuralink, a start-up aiming to develop technology that connects our brains to computers. A report from the Wall Street Journal later proved in a tweet by Mr. Musk, said the company was in its very early stages and registered as a “medical research” firm. The company will develop so-called “neural lace” technology which would implant tiny electrodes into the brain.
The technique could be used to boost memory or give humans added artificial intelligence. Leading academics in the field have been signed up to work at the company which is being funded privately by Mr. Musk, according to the Journal. Specialists in the field envision a time when humans may be able to download and upload thoughts.
In a tweet on Tuesday evening, Mr. Musk settled the existence of the company and said more details about the firm would be made public next week via WaitButWhy – a site known for clarifying its lengthy post with often crude but charming stick figure drawings. Mr. Musk is considered one of Silicon Valley’s most visionary figures and surely now its busiest.
Tesla is a leading carmaker. Mr. Musk is involved with running space exploration company Space X, a project to reinvent transport called Hyperloop and a new project to power Australia and most recently, a firm investigating the feasibility of boring tunnels underneath Los Angeles. Tweeting about Neuralink, Mr. Musk conceded it would be “difficult to dedicate the time, but an existential risk is too high not to”.