Elon Musk has launched Neuralink, a startup company that aims to develop technology that connects our brains to computers.
Report from Wall Street Journal, later confirmed in a tweet by Elon Musk, said Neuralink was at a very early stage and was registered as a “medical research” company.
Neuralink will develop so-called “neural lace” technology, which would implant small electrodes in the brain.
The technique can be used to improve memory or give people added artificial intelligence.
According to Newspaper, leading academics in the field are registered to work for the company, which is privately funded by Tesla’s CEO.
Experts in this field predict a time when people can upload and download thoughts.
In a tweet on March 28, Elon Musk confirmed the existence of Neuralink and said that more details about the company will be announced next week via WaitButWhy – a site known for illustrating its long post with often rough but charming drawings with figures.
Elon Musk is considered one of the most visionary figures in Silicon Valley – and he is certainly the busiest now.
In addition to heading electric car maker Tesla, Elon Musk is running the space exploration company Space X, a transport rediscovery project called Hyperloop, and more recently a company investigating the possibility of drilling tunnels under Los Angeles – and a new power supply project australia.
Speaking to Neuralink, Elon Musk acknowledged that it would be “difficult to take the time, but the existential risk is too great not to be.”