Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk is set launching a new company called Neuralink. Musk intention is to connect computers directly to the human brain, according to a report.
The Wall Street Journal reported that the billionaire entrepreneur, whose other ventures include sending humans to Mars, exploring “neural lace” technology and now implanting tiny electrodes into the brain that could be used to give direct computing capabilities.
He tweeted that more details about Neuralink would be published soon in Wait But Why, admitting it would be “difficult to dedicate the time” to the project, but added that the “existential risk is too high not to.”
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
Elon previously talked about neural laces as something that “somebody’s got to do”, adding: “If somebody doesn’t do it, then I think I should do it.”
Neuralink was registered in California as a “medical research” company last July, and the Journal reported Musk plans on funding the company mostly by himself.
Last month, at the World Government Summit in Dubai, Musk said people would need to become cyborgs to be relevant in a future dominated by AI. He said a “merger of biological intelligence and machine intelligence” would be necessary for humans to stay economically valuable.
Futurists like Google executive Ray Kurzweil predict humans and AI will merge in an event known as ‘the singularity’ by 2045.