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28 Mar 2017

Elon Musk's start-up aims to download information via brain implants

SpaceX and Tesla CEO, Elon Musk is now putting his money in a venture that aims to change how we perceive technology.

Neuralink is working on something called "neural lace" that will allow humans to interact with machines sans the physical interface.

The start-up plans to implant electrodes in the human brain so that it can directly upload/download information.

Mad science? Here's more.

In context

Elon Musk has a Cyborg dream for future
Implant in brain? Somebody has to do it

Musk's musings

Implant in brain? Somebody has to do it

According to Elon Musk, if we don't move with the times we are going to be defunct on the advent of artificial intelligence.

The solution to the problem is to create a connection with the brain and the AI, so a human-computer symbiosis can be achieved.

Musk believes that human mind needs to be capable of accessing information quickly and venture into artificial intelligence.


It is all a simple matter of bandwidths

A machine communicates information in a trillion bits per second whereas the human brain does it only 10 bits per second.

So, according to Musk a high bandwidth interface should technically be able to bridge the gap and subsequently facilitate information overflow.

By this technology, we will be able to communicate and dictate precisely to the machines the output that we expect.

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Elon Musk's dictionary, AI means the demon

AI versus humans

Elon Musk's dictionary, AI means the demon

Elon Musk has been quite vocal about his apprehension to the fact that AI could one day overtake all of us.

To counter this he has created the OpenAI project which aims to direct how AI behaves in the future and not turn into something that can't be contained through advanced machine learning through experiences.

Dual life

Half way there, half way here

Elon Musk is of the belief that we are already a little bit Cyborg like in our behaviour.

A modern generation as he sees it has a partial existence in the online world, through social media and other platforms and the other one is the one we live in.

Our superpowers are smartphones and personal computers that allow us to live this dual life.

This is not all mad science talking

Better future

This is not all mad science talking

Electrode arrays and other implants have been used earlier for patients with Parkinson's and other neurodegenerative diseases to elevate their condition.

Braintree co-founder Bryan Johnson believes that if we could have a brain implant in place as a measure beforehand, we may be able to prevent it altogether.

However, in recent times it's still a risky business and is applied in extreme cases.

The Cyborg dream may not be all a hoax

Charles Lieber, a nanotechnologist at Harvard University is working on blurring lines between human brain and neural circuits. One of the interested parties in their research is US Air Force's Cyborgcell program, which works on electronics that can be used for "performance enhancement" of cells.

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