Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has joined a venture to back brain-computer company Neuralink. Neuralink, which was founded last July according to the Wall Street Journal, focuses on creating devices that can theoretically be planted in the brain.
Essentially, Neuralink wants to implant devices into the brain so that there can be a better connection between humans and computers. This sort of raw data would be instrumental in the continued development of artificial intelligence and possibly with degenerative diseases like Parkinson’s and epilepsy.
Elon Musk is known for his eclectic interest in pushing the boundaries of what many would consider to be impossible, so it makes sense he’d pursue this avenue of technology as his latest project. He has also hasn’t been shy about sharing his beliefs that he thinks there will eventually be a merger between “biological intelligence and digital intelligence.” It just so happens this is exactly what Neuralink is trying to accomplish.
The Verge also noted that this isn’t the first company of its kind. A company called Kernel, backed by Braintree co-founder Bryan Johnson, has similar ambitions of understanding the brain as Neuralink.
This sounds like something out of a Phillip K. Dick sci-fi story
If you’re thinking this is far-fetched, you’re not alone. The idea of hacking into the brain and attaining new information from won’t happen any time soon, but that doesn’t mean companies aren’t thinking about it. For technology to advance, you have to start somewhere, even if the idea seems kind of crazy.
Then there’s also the idea of drilling into a person’s head and implanting a device just for research purposes. That’s something most people won’t be comfortable with.