Elon Musk is funding research towards “neural lace,” a brain computer interface technology that could allow our brains to compete with AI.
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Elon Musk Hints at New Brain-Computer Project
“The Journal reported that the new startup will focus on “neural lace” technology which involves implanting tiny brain electrodes capable of uploading and downloading thoughts. The report said Musk has taken an active role setting up the company and may play a ‘significant leadership role’ even as he runs two other large companies. Musk has previously spoken about the idea of neural lacing, claiming it can magnify people’s brain power by linking them directly to computing capabilities.”
Elon Musk is setting up a company that will link brains and computers
“Billionaire futurist space explorer Elon Musk has a new project: a ”medical research company’ called Neuralink that will make brain-computer interfaces. Musk’s projects are frequently inspired by science fiction, and this one is a direct reference to a device called a ‘neural lace,’ invented by the late British novelist Iain M. Banks for his Culture series. In those books, characters grow a semi-organic mesh on their cerebral cortexes, which allows them to interface wirelessly with AIs and create backups of their minds.”
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“Smarter artificial intelligence is certainly being developed, but how far along are we on producing a neural lace? At the conference, Musk said he didn’t know of any company that was working on one. But last year, a team of researchers led by Charles Lieber, the Mark Hyman Professor of Chemistry at Harvard University, described in Nature Nanotechnology a lace-like electronic mesh that ‘you could literally inject’ into three-dimensional synthetic and biological structures like the brain.”
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