Elon Musk is the billionaire behind the first widely popular all-electric car, Tesla. He is also the genius behind Space X the aerospace company attempting to colonise Mars.
Musk is now embarking on what might be his most ambitious mission yet: to merge the human brain to a computer mesh called ‘neural lace’, which will link our minds to the Internet.
Musk has been hinting at the announcement for his new project for nearly six months but recently, at the World Government Summit in Dubai, he outlined his plans of making “micron-sized devices” to achieve his goal of creating a “human-machine interface.”
The long-term goal is to allow humans to wirelessly connect to one another as well as to a cloud-based Internet system. The short-term goal is to treat brain diseases like epilepsy.
The neural lace in its most basic form is an ultra thin mesh that would be inserted into the skull forming a collection of electrodes that could monitor brain function.
The neural lace would require a very small needle to insert it. Eventually, the brain would accept the neural lace, which will grow alongside it.
Testing of the neural lace has already begun on mice, and has shown promising results with scientists being able to monitor brain activity and deliver treatment for degenerative disorders like Parkinson’s.
The main reason Elon Musk has developed the neural lace is to avoid humans becoming “house pets” to superior artificial intelligence (AI). Musk has continually voiced his concerns on the advancements of AI. He even wrote an open letter of warning, alongside Bill Gates and Stephen Hawkins about its dangers.
What I think
I think this would benefit humanity greatly as robots taking human jobs is a very relevant topic right now. With this new technology, humans will be able to stay superior to robots no matter how much AI develops.
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