Billionaire visionary Elon Musk unveiled plans for his brain control interface startup yesterday, during a live presentation.
The company, Neuralink, founded in 2017, and its main goal is to control brain interfaces and essentially alleviate the risks of AI while enhancing its potential. The startup also aims at developing pain relievers for medical conditions like epilepsy.
“Developing ultra-high bandwidth brain-machine interfaces to connect humans and computers” is the only formal description Neuralink provided on their website. The “brain-on-a-chip” technology has been in the research phase since 2017.
According to the New York Times, Musk has invested $100 million in his ambitious startup, which seems to be aiming well beyond its initial goal.
Musk hopes that the brain-computer startup will help humans to communicate with AI on a mental level, avoiding the need to translate our thoughts into language and input them via keyboard. Simply put, Neuralink’s goal is to be able to talk with a computer without having to move a finger.
Even though Musk has been quite secretive about the project, ever since its initial launch, he has shared thoughts on the progress made:
“A monkey has been able to control the computer with his brain,” he said in his recent startup presentation live stream. The CEO of Tesla added that he hopes to “help secure humanity’s future as a civilization relative to AI”.
This new technology could also benefit animals, as it could potentially eliminate the need for animal testing in laboratories.
Elon Musk believes that the technology could eventually assist with cognitive problems involving speech and sight. “In about four years time,” the billionaire says, “we are aiming to bring something to the market that helps with certain brain injuries (stroke, cancer lesion, congenital).”
Such a step will undoubtedly present huge evolutionary progress. It will certainly be one small step for man and one giant leap for mankind. Whether the dream becomes a reality – only time will tell.