Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla CEO is venturing into life sciences industry by backing a brain-computer interface venture called Neuralink, according to The Wall Street Journal. The company, still in its infancy, creates devices that can be implanted in the human brain, in hopes of merging humans with software to keep pace with A.I. advancements and possibly enabling direct interfacing with digital devices.
Currently, a science-fiction fantasy, these types of brain-computer interfaces are non-existent. The closest devices available in the medical industry are electrode arrays and other implants have been used to help better the effects of Parkinson’s and other neurodegenerative diseases. Unfortunately, very few people have these type of electronic implants due to the incredibly dangerous and invasive operational procedure used.
With few details made public, speculation about Neuralink, a medical research company, centers on the name and how it might correspond to Musk’s previous statements about incorporating artificial intelligence, or AI, into human brains.