SpaceX and Tesla CEO, Elon Musk is set to develop a brain-computer interface venture called Neuralink.
Musk tweeted that he’s preparing to launch Neuralink, a new venture that the Wall Street Journal reported would focus on ‘neural lace’.
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Neuralink, now in an ’embryonic’ stage, will pursue so-called ‘neural lace’ technology, implanting tiny electrodes to treat brain disorders such as epilepsy and serious depression, according to the Wall Street Journal story.
According to the report, the new technology could link human brains with computers, without a physical connection, by implanting tiny electrodes into the brain. It could enhance memory and cognitive powers by effectively merging human and artificial intelligence.
However, these types of brain-computer interfaces exist today only in science fiction.
In the medical realm, electrode arrays and other implants have been used to help ameliorate the effects of Parkinson’s, epilepsy, and other neurodegenerative diseases.
However, very few people on the planet have complex implants placed inside their skulls, while the number of patients with very basic stimulating devices number only in the tens of thousands. This is partly because it is incredibly dangerous and invasive to operate on the human brain, and only those who have exhausted every other medical option choose to undergo such surgery as a last resort.