No one can say that Elon Musk is not ambitious. Tesla's founder and CEO also has Space Exploration Technologies Corp., also known as SpaceX. He is also a visionary and does not hesitate to place the seal on everything from renewable sources of energy to high-speed public transport.
Now Elon Musk thinks that by implanting tiny electrodes into the brain he could keep the consciousness alive even if the body is dead.
In essence, the Elon Musk is supposed to prepare the ground for people to be able to raise their thoughts, memories and collective experiences one day through a Neural Network technology. Neural technology and specific Neural Lace technology are still new, but Musk's ultimate goal is to better connect people and machines to features such as voice, touch and orientation control.
People learned to play with an iPhone keyboard rather quickly, but imagine if we had a direct connection to the device's CPU. This is the vision of Musk, which in a few words concerns how people of the future interact with their devices.
According to Elon Musk, the change should be done soon so that people do not become inferior beings than AIs.
While the Elon Musk has not yet made any official announcement, has already begun teasing the company.
First with tweets (like this and this), and then with new hires at Neuralink Corp., which sounds like it comes from a sci-fi movie. The Wall Street Journal confirmed the existence of the company through one of its founding members, Max Hodak. Hodak previously founded Transcriptic, a robotic lab startup.
Neuralink first hired Vanessa Tolosa, an engineer at Larence Livermore National Laboratory and flexible electrode specialist Phillip Sabes, a professor at the University of California and a specialist in how the brain controls movement, and Timothy Gardner, a professor at Boston University, where he gained fame when he applied electrodes to birds and studied how they chirped.
Ultimately Neuralink wants to change the way we interact with the devices by linking our minds to the engines we use most: cars, mobile devices, or even smart objects in our smart home. At present, however, people close to the company report that the first products will be rather advanced implants designed to treat brain conditions such as epilepsy or depression.