Elon Musk wants to take humans to outer space and inner space at the same time. Besides SpaceEx, he’s talking about Neuralink connecting human brains with computers.“The first use of the technology will be to repair brain injuries as a result of stroke or cutting out a cancer lesion, where somebody’s fundamentally lost a certain cognitive element,” Musk told Wait But Why. “It could help with people who are quadriplegics or paraplegics by providing a neural shunt from the motor cortex down to where the muscles are activated.”
USA Today picks up the story: “As for when any one can get their own neural interface, Musk notes it could happen 8 to 10 years from now, depending on initial success.”
Musk said: “It is important to note that this depends heavily on regulatory approval timing and how well our devices work on people with disabilities.”
USA Today noted that the subject of brains and computing “resurfaced this week during Facebook’s F8 conference in San Jose. … The social network is developing a ‘direct brain interface’ allowing people to type directly from their brain.”
The Wall Street Journal has reported Musk investing in Neuralink and becoming its CEO.
The company “seeks to create micro-implants of the neural interfaces augmenting the brain with computer assistance,” USA Today said.
Some reactions, including the simple-minded:
— Superfast SouthYorks (@superfastSY) April 21, 2017
— Anchor (@anchor) April 21, 2017
Elon Musk: brain-computer interfaces will defend us from AI!
Journos: What he said!
Science: OK. Anyone know how the brain… works?
— Oli Franklin-Wallis (@olifranklin) April 21, 2017
— Joël de Rosnay (@derosnayjoel) April 21, 2017
— GutekTechMays (@GutekTechMays) April 21, 2017
@der_Grobi Elon Musk Future: where you can rollerblade and drink free red bull at work but if you unionize he flips a switch to turn off your brain
— Road Punchin' Animal (@animalofonline) April 11, 2017
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