Tesla founder on mis­sion to link hu­man brain to ma­chine in­ter­face

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

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.

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