Tesla founder on mission to link human brain to machine interface
BENGALURU, India — Tesla Inc founder and CEO Elon Musk said this week his latest company, Neuralink Corp, is working to link the human brain with a machine interface by creating micron-sized devices.
Neuralink is aiming to bring to the market a product that helps with certain severe brain injuries due to stroke, cancer lesion etc, in about four years, Musk said in an interview with website Wait But Why.
“If I were to communicate a concept to you, you would essentially engage in consensu- al telepathy,” Musk said in the interview published on Thursday.
Artificial intelligence and machine learning will create computers so sophisticated that humans will need to implant “neural laces” in their brains to keep up, Musk said at a tech conference last year.
“There are a bunch of concepts in your head that then your brain has to try to compress into this incredibly low data rate called speech or typing,” Musk said in the latest interview.
“If you have two brain inter- faces, you could actually do an uncompressed direct conceptual communication with another person.”
The technology could take about eight to 10 years to become usable by people with no disability, Musk said.
He added that implementa- tion would depend heavily on the timing of regulatory approval and how well the devices work on people with disabilities.
In March, The Wall Street Journal reported Musk had launched a company through which computers could partic- ipate in links with human brains.
Neuralink was registered in California as a “medical research” company last July, and he plans on funding the company mostly by himself.