Elon Musk has already launched a new company dedicated to linking human brains with computers, The Wall Street Journal's Rolfe Winkler first reported Monday. "Hard to dedicate the time, but existential risk is too high not to", Musk wrote. Although Musk has not made a formal statement regarding Neuralink, the company registered in California as a "medical research" group last July, according to the news outlet. In a tweet, Elon Musk talked about the creation of this company.
Entrepreneur Elon Musk is the man behind the vehicle company Tesla, the inventor of PayPal and the genius behind Space X, Hyperloop and even more. Artificial intelligence projects underway by other companies include deep brain stimulation devices created to address the symptoms of neurodegenerative diseases.
When connected to the brain, the person can think of an action and the brain will send that signal to the sensors attached to the limb, triggering a muscle contraction and allowing it to move. This latest biotech venture is a step closer on working toward his goal of building a future where man and technology are one.
They could later be put to use as a "direct cortical interface", Musk said, or artificial intelligence within the brain, to enhance human function and expand human potential.
Musk has hinted at interest in neural-lace technology before.
"If we create some digital super-intelligence that exceeds us in every way by a lot, it is very important that it be benign", Musk said previous year at a conference in California.
He said the "neural lace" could prevent people from becoming "house cats" to artificial intelligence. Mr. Musk is considered one of Silicon Valley's most visionary figures and surely now its busiest.
Tencent paid about US$1.8 billion (RM7.9 billion) for the small share of Musk's company, according to the document filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). He's also helped set up the company in a significant way already.