Elon Musk launches Neuralink, a start-up developing technology that connects human brains to computers. Musk has always perceived AI as a probable threat, and connection to computers as a potential game changer.
He has not been shy about expressing his fear of Artificial General Intelligence or Deep AI. In a recent interview, he claimed that there will be a time when AI disrupts employment as there will be ”Only a few jobs a robot can’t do better.” To Musk, AI is a danger to humanity, so he’s funding a company to combat its risks – Kudos!
Musk tweeted on March 28, ‘’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 company is registered as a ‘’medical research’’ firm, and according to a report from the Wall Street Journal, it will include the field’s leading academics.
Neuralink will work on developing a technology that would implant tiny electrodes into the brain, or the ‘’neural lace’’ technology. Specialists said it could improve intelligence and memory – some of them could even envision brains uploading and downloading thoughts. Moreover, it will allow more direct interface with computers.
According to Tech Crunch, during Code Conference last year, Musk hinted about the ‘’neural lace’’ technology that would eliminate bandwidth challenges between human brains and computing devices.
The WSJ report also illustrated the company’s first step; exploration of brain interfaces and how this can alleviate critical and chronic medical conditions.