Neuralink, Elon Musk’s New Company, Aims at Bridging Human Brain with AI

April 1, 2017, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Technological advancements in the field of artificial intelligence have raised a curious concern in at least some of the future-wary minds: whether or not humans will one day succumb to the wisdom of machines and artificial intelligence. Obviously, that sounds a far-fetched question, and humankind hasn’t yet put its shoulder to the wheel for a preventive act, but bar one man, Elon Musk.

Being the technological pioneer who has come up with heavily ambitious projects like Tesla, SpaceX, Hyperloop and the underground project for cutting out traffic congestions, it shouldn’t surprise us when knowing that he is up with yet another project that sounds heavily ambitious.

According to the new report from WSJ, Elon Musk has now co-founded Neuralink, a company which will be working on to build a bridge between the human and digital brain. Or in other words, they will be working to develop technology that will in future help human brains to be better-powered than artificial intelligence.

The foundation for the new technology gets its life form out of neural lace, a feature that was previously revealed by Elon Musk himself. This neural lace will be surgically connected to a human brain to let it interact with a computer without the necessity of any other interface hardware that are considered as dial-up modems compared to the blistering speed potential of a direct communication of brain with digital data.

In simple words, neural lace will translate human thoughts directly into computer commands alongside holding the capability of altering neurochemistry. The latter is what appears to be the priority of the company at present, with the former appearing to be too ambitious right now.

But so have been Musk’s previous projects, which all took the form of a less-ambitious project in its initial stage to get them transformed on to bigger ambitions through the subsequent stages. That should well be the modus operandi for Neuralink, which would aim to hit the starting point with an established science, i.e. by injecting electrodes that will help learn and eliminate symptoms of chronic medical conditions.

This would be the stepping stone for Neuralink in its path to achieve what’s described as augmented intelligence in human brain. Elon Musk is yet to confirm his involvement with the company that was registered in California last July, but his involvement with the ‘embryonic company was confirmed by a founding team member. Neuralink is also currently said to be exploring research labs and universities to rope engineers onboard to push ahead for the breakthrough technology.

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