Elon Musk Gives First Glimpse of His Brain-Reading Venture

Elon Musk Neuralink Set to Reveal Computer-Brain Interface

Elon Musk Neuralink Set to Reveal Computer-Brain Interface

During the Q and A, President Hodar also talked about providing brain enabled APIs for developers to work on and hinted that it can turn into a platform.

Musk's dread of AI notwithstanding, the near-term practical applications of implanting chips in brains are medical.

However, the sewing technique still requires holes to be drilled into the skull, though Neuralink hopes to use lasers to avoid such an invasive procedure that might shake the sense out of someone's skull.

Arriving at that goal "will take a long time", Musk said in a presentation at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, noting that securing federal approval for implanted neural devices is hard. He said the trials would be done in partnership with neurosurgeons at Stanford University and other academic institutions.

One of Neuralink's distinguishing techniques is that it places flexible threads of electrodes in proximity to neurons, the tiny cells that are the basic building blocks of the brain.

Musk and members of the Neuralink team laid out progress they have made on their mission at an event held in San Francisco to recruit talent in software, robotics, neuroscience and more. While speaking of AI in November, he told podcaster Joe Rogan, "If you can't beat it, join it".

Musk cautioned that it "will take a long time" to achieve the merger of brain and machine. The company has received $158 million in funding - $100 million of which came from Musk.

"We're having an event next Tuesday in San Francisco to share a bit about what we've been working on the last two years, and we've reserved a few seats for the Internet", Neuralink tweeted.

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"We are under no illusion that we can do all the scientific research ourselves", Hodak said.

The company says it is now testing the technology on lab rats.

The system has previously been the subject of a pre-print research reports, but Neuralink provided up-to-date details tonight in a white paper. The thread that goes inside your brain, which will be produced by Neuralink is supposed to be 1/10th the width of human hair. According to Bloomberg, Neuralink also wrote it has used the robot to perform at least 19 surgeries on animals with success rate of 87 per cent.

Elon Musk aspires to make inserting a computer connection into your brain as safe and painless as Lasik eye surgery.

Despite Musk's apparent focus on using the technology to help humans achieve superior intelligence, other leaders in the company suggest its role is narrowly focused on addressing "serious unmet medical diseases".

"Essentially you have these smart machines and your brain directly interfaces with them", explained Mike Brown, a technology writer at Inverse.

Connecting the brain to an interface would create a new layer of "superintelligence" in the human brain, he added, something people "already have via their phones".

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