Elon Musk Says Neuralink Will Aid in Human 'Memory Enhancement'

Elon Musk Says Neuralink Will Aid in Human 'Memory Enhancement'

Elon Musk's newest venture Neuralink, a start-up on a mission to link human brains with computers, may sound like science fiction, for Qualtrics CEO Ryan Smith the concept isn't so far-fetched.

Neuralink is aiming to bring to the market a product that helps with certain severe brain injuries due to stroke, cancer lesion, etc.in about four years, Musk said in an interview with Web site Wait But Why.

Between individuals, for instance, Musk envisions direct "uncompressed" communication rather than "compressed" communication that translates one's thoughts into language and then requires the recipient to "decompress" it linguistically.

Musk hinted that he was working on neural lacing a year ago, though details were scant, but he has never been shy about his opinion that we should be connecting our brains to computers.

In 2012, Tesla entered into an agreement with CEO Elon Musk that specified 20 separate performance benchmarks to be satisfied within 10 years for 5.27 million shares of the company's stock. Last month, The Wall Street Journal reported that Musk was launching a brain-computer interface start-up called Neuralink, which is developing a "neural lace" technology that would involve "implanting tiny brain electrodes that may one day upload and download thoughts". "It can help with people who, as they get older, have memory problems and can't remember the names of their kids, through memory enhancement, which could allow them to function well to a much later time in life". This thing is colossal, starting with a course (I wish I could say "short course" but this part of the text alone has more than 10,000 words) on the evolution of the brain and human invention culminating with the computer.

The idea is to create a way for people to engage in "consensual telepathy".

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A long post on the website Wait But Why, written by Tim Urban, lays out the background of the company, its team and its plans to develop what are known as brain-machine interfaces.

Now, Musk will be chief executive of Neuralink, which was registered as a medical research company a year ago.

"We're going to have the choice of either being left behind and being effectively useless or like a pet - you know, like a house cat or something - or eventually figuring out some way to be symbiotic and merge with AI", he says.

He said the time before the devices are released depend on regulatory approval and how well the devices work on people with disabilities.

'We don't have to worry about some evil dictator AI, ' Musk told Y Combinator, 'because we are the AI collectively.

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