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Elon Musk hints at new brain-computer project

30 March 2017

"Hard to dedicate the time, but existential risk is too high not to", Musk wrote. "Neural lace" is the implanting of tiny electrodes to the brain for humans to be able to make computations directly.

According to The Guardian, Elon Musk is exploring "neural lace" technology.

In addition to this, Elon Musk is also planning to create a positronic brain that allows humans to upload their consciousness to live a long life.

The new venture, which could be launched as early as this week, is Neuralink. And importantly, it would allow mankind to compete on a level playing field with increasingly advanced artificial intelligence, which is one of the billionaire's biggest concerns. Musk has also provided some details to a blog called " Wait But Why" by technology writer Tim Urban.

Musk is doing this because he believes that the merging of biological and machine intelligence is necessary for humans to stay economically valuable.

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The plan seems less far-fetched when you realize that the person behind Neuralink is Elon Musk, the founder of companies such as Tesla, which specializes in electric cars and SpaceX, a manufacturer of rockets and spacecrafts.

He said the "neural lace" could prevent people from becoming "house cats" to artificial intelligence. It said it hopes to develop its initial products to treat brain diseases and illnesses like Parkinson's, depression and epilepsy. Eventually, injected lace could become a part of the brain as electronic particles interweave with the organic.

A year ago during a Code Conference (CC), Musk first brought up the concept of a 'neural lace' - a surgical connection that will allow the human brain to directly interact with a computer, negating the limitations caused by existing touch or voice input methods such as mouse, keyboards, trackpads and microphones.

Tesla early in March announced plans to raise US$1.15 billion in new funding to help fuel production of a mass market-targeted Model 3 electric vehicle set for release this year.