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The SpaceX CEO has launched Neuralink – a new company which aims to merge humans with computers.
The ambitious endeavour will seek to directly connect the human brain to a computer through something known as a “neural lace” – a technology that can be “woven” in to the brain to help enhance its functionality as well as to facilitate direct communication with nearby devices.
Brain-computer interfaces are not a new thing, however those that exist already are relatively slow and limited in what they can achieve. If Musk succeeds, it could open the door to a more seamless integration between humans and machines.
“Over time I think we will probably see a closer merger of biological intelligence and digital intelligence,” he said previously. “It’s mostly about the bandwidth, the speed of the connection between your brain and the digital version of yourself, particularly output.”
Exactly what Neuralink’s “neural lace” technology will be able to achieve remains unclear, but it seems that transhumanism – the process of enhancing humanity’s capabilities through the use of science and technology – is here to stay.
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