Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Neuralink: Elon Musk announces plans to connect human brains to computers.

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The obscure startup has made its first major public announcement. 
Elon Musk, founder of Paypal, Tesla, SpaceX and crust-tunneling company, The Boring Company, is on the verge of developing brain-machine interface capable of linking humans directly to computers.


The Neuralink project really got its footing back in 2016, and also worthy of note is that Elon Musk is believed by many to pride in this specific project as the most ambitious one he has ever undertaken.

There are notable strides the Neuralink startup company has embarked over time like; raising tens of millions of dollars, recruiting a number of acclaimed neuroscientists and artificial intelligence experts, in what it boasts in its website, as an attempt to develop and bring to life an "ultra-high bandwidth" connection between human brains and computers.


This project is expected to enable humans to artificially augment their memory capacity, or as well connect directly to the internet and access knowledge by simply thinking up a question. However, this remains broadly speculation for now.


There aren't a lot of detailed information on the Neuralink project, but dating back to a 2017 post on the WaitButWhy website, it revealed how the "Wizards hat for the brain" concept could in many ways dramatically upgrade human ability to communicate, mentally process information, and as well stand up on par with the raw power of artificial intelligence.


Elon Musk has not withheld his concerns for the safety of the human populace, if artificial intelligence goes haywire anyday, he publicly claims it stands as a threat to the existence of humans.


In 2016, Musk said humans could become outrightly outmatched by AI if things go left unchecked. In fast forward to 2018, he also highlighted what artificial intelligence could really do in this particular project of his when he featured in The Joe Rogan Experience Podcast, saying Neuralinks's technology would enable human beings to bond with artificial intelligence.


An already held event in San Francisco reveals in more detail what headway the startup has made in recent times, with a livestream viewable on Neuralink's website. We'll keep our heads up for more subsequent updates.

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