Elon Musk, the man behind SpaceX, Tesla Motors, the Boring Company and OpenAI, has announced another visionary tech venture. His new company Neuralink will work on linking human brains with computers, utilizing “neural lace” technology. This invention would let people interact directly with machines, without using a physical interface.
As reported by the Wall Street Journal, the way neural lace will work is that electrodes would be implanted in the brain which would allow you to send thoughts back and forth with a computer, uploading and downloading them. The benefits of this tech lie in helping humans expand their cognitive functions, including memory.
Musk talked recently about this kind of technology, seeing it as a way for human to interact with machines and superintelligencies. The neural lace will be like an extra layer on our usual human intelligence.
More details about what Neuralink does will be released next week, according to Musks’s tweet:
Long Neuralink piece coming out on @waitbutwhy in about a week. Difficult to dedicate the time, but existential risk is too high not to.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 28, 2017