ELON Musk plans to start wiring people’s brains to the internet next year.
His wacky project Neuralink will use brain-reading “threads” to turn you into a genius – and even let you control gadgets with just a thought – by merging your mind with artificial intelligence.
Musk says the harebrained scheme will “save the human race” by helping us outwit super-intelligent machines of the future when they try to take over Earth.
Three years after Neuralink was founded, the billionaire finally gave the public its first look at the tech on Tuesday.
At an event in San Francisco, Musk told a crowd the chip will help “preserve and enhance your own brain” and “ultimately achieve a sort of symbiosis with artificial intelligence”.
“This is not a mandatory thing,” he added. “This is something you can choose to have if you want.”
Neuralink scientists revealed that they plan to use tiny “threads” to create their brain-machine interfaces, which will be implanted through a hole drilled into the skull.
Each thread – three times thinner than a human hair – would be embedded deep into the tapestry of the brain by an automated robot “like a sewing machine”.
They would be capable of transmitting data, much like the cables of a computer, into and out of your brain.
As well as preserving our brains and giving us heightened intelligence, the upgrade promises to help people with serious brain injury, according to Musk.
The goal is to eventually begin implanting devices in paralysed humans, allowing them to control phones or computers simply by thinking.
From here, the possibilities are endless, according to Musk.
What is Neuralink?
Here’s everything you need to know…
- Neuralink is a project that aims to embed computer chips in people’s brains
- The idea is to give humans hyper-intelligence by merging them with artificial intelligence
- Tiny threads thinner than a human hair would pump information into your noggin
- It would work a bit like an internet cable, transmitting data in and out at high speeds
- As well as making us smarter, the project promises to merge us with computers and phones
- That means you could control your gizmos with your brain
- Neuralink is bankrolled by billionaire entrepeneur Elon Musk
- He’s previously said the tech could save us from a machine uprising in future
“After solving a bunch of brain-related diseases… it will create a well-aligned future,” he told the San Fran crowd.
Early experiments have already begun, with Musk revealing that “a monkey has been able to control a computer with its brain.”
He added: “We hope to have this in a human patient by the end of next year.”
Neuralink – which Musk has reportedly ploughed £80million into – has been extremely secretive about its work up until now.
Musk has previously alluded to its potential to save the human race if and when our own computers go on a Terminator-style rampage against humanity.
He reckons that without it, humans could fall so far behind machines that they eventually view people in the same way we look at house pets.
Neuralink President Max Hodak said the project is still very much in its early stages.
Brain implants that are available to any old paying customer are more than likely at least a decade away.
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