Elon musk’s neu­ralink Wants to cre­ate ma­trix in real life

Technowize Magazine - - Haute Money -

Elon Musk, the CEO of Spacex and Tesla, is onto his next project: a neu­ral in­ter­face con­nect­ing the hu­man brain with com­puter tech­nol­ogy. The lat­est en­deavor – Neu­ralink – is four years away from launch­ing its first prod­uct to the mar­ket. The Neu­ralink de­vice would ini­tially fo­cus on peo­ple with se­vere brain in­juries.

“The first use of the tech­nol­ogy will be to re­pair brain in­juries as a re­sult of stroke or cut­ting out a cancer le­sion, where some­body’s fun­da­men­tally lost a cer­tain cog­ni­tive el­e­ment,” said Musk. “It could help with peo­ple who are quadriplegics or para­plegics by pro­vid­ing a neu­ral shunt from the mo­tor cor­tex down to where the mus­cles are ac­ti­vated.”

Elon Musk isn’t the only Sil­i­con Val­ley tech-en­tre­pre­neur work­ing on an im­plantable brain-com­puter in­ter­face. Brain­tree CEO Bryan John has in­vested $100 mil­lion on Ker­nel, a com­pany that aims to com­bine the hu­man brain and ma­chine in­tel­li­gence. At the F8 De­vel­oper Con­fer­ence, Face­book CEO Mark zucker­berg re­vealed that it is work­ing on a sim­i­lar in­ter­face.

Ac­cord­ing to the wall Street Jour­nal, the Cal­i­for­ni­a­head­quar­tered Neu­ralink is a med­i­cal re­search com­pany. The launch of its first prod­uct would de­pend heav­ily on reg­u­la­tory ap­proval tim­ing and how well the de­vice works on peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties. The de­vice seeks to cre­ate mi­cro-im­plants of the neu­ral in­ter­faces aug­ment­ing the brain with com­puter as­sis­tance.

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