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Posted: March 28, 2017

Elon Musk launches effort to interface human brain and computers

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk speaking at an event to launch his new Tesla Model X Crossover SUV in 2015. The billionaire entrepreneur is launching a new company to research how to connect the human brain with a computer.

By Shelby Lin Erdman, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

 

Entrepreneur Elon Musk is the man behind the car company Tesla, the inventor of PayPal and the genius behind Space X, Hyperloop and even more.

Now the billionaire inventor has launched a company called Neuralink to figure out how to connect the brain and computers, the Wall Street Journal reported.

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The idea is to create tiny devices, like electrodes, that can be implanted in the brain to eventually merge the brain with a computer to help humans stay ahead of artificial intelligence.

The devices might help improve memory or allow for direct interfacing with computers, The Verge reported.

The concept is called “neural lace,” and Musk discussed it at Recode’s Code Conference last year.

While the company has been described as being in its embryonic stage, Musk promised to release more information about it next week.

“Long Neuralink piece coming out on @waitbutwhy in about a week. Difficult to dedicate the time, but existential risk is too high not to,” he said on Twitter.


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