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The CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk, is known for his highly innovative projects and his futuristic style of thinking. Over the years, he has dazzled the scientific and technological community with his far-sighted new solutions to modern life, but it has recently been rumored that Musk is about to embark on his boldest move yet. Insiders are suggested that Musk is setting a new company that will develop the technology to allow human brains to link directly to physical, electronic devices.
The company is called Neuralink and is currently primarily involved with developing a ‘neural lace’ technology which will allow human beings to directly communicate with selected devices purely by the power of thought. This will allow them to upload or download their thoughts in real time and access information contained on devices without having to access a physical interface. Speaking at Vox’s Media Coda Conference Musk said that this kind of technology would allow human beings to achieve a form of ‘symbiosis’ with machines and would inevitably lead to a higher level of cognitive function.
Neural lace prevent people from becoming “house cats” to artificial intelligence
Musk said that this technology could also address fears expressed by many prominent scientists, including the renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking that artificial technology could render human beings totally irrelevant in the long term. He said that the neural lace could prevent human beings from being sidelined by powerful artificial technology by ensuring that they were a vital part of the AI process.
“I don’t love the idea of being a house cat, but what’s the solution?” he asked the attendees of the Vox Conference, “I think one of the solutions that seem maybe the best is to add an AI layer…A third, digital layer that could work well and symbiotically.”
A neural lace which functions in the way described by Musk is obviously a long way away from being developed. It is thought that the first neural lace implants will be simpler and used for the treatment of neurological disorders such as epilepsy and perhaps even clinical depression.