Elon Musk sets target to connect human brains with AI machines by 2021

Posted: 24 April 2017 | By Darcie Thompson-Fields

It is only a matter of time before AI takes down the internet warns Elon Musk

Elon Musk has revealed his latest company Neuralink is working to link the human brain with a machine interface by creating micron-sized devices.

The Tesla founder and Chief Executive, who has expressed his concerns around AI and its potential threat to humanity, said in an interview with website Wait But Why, that his newly created company is aiming to bring to the market a product that helps with certain severe brain injuries due to stroke, cancer lesion etc, within  four years.

Musk said in a tech conference last year that he believed AI and machine learning will create computers so sophisticated and godlike that humans will need to implant “neural laces” in their brains to keep up.

“If I were to communicate a concept to you, you would essentially engage in consensual telepathy,” said Musk.

“There are a bunch of concepts in your head that then your brain has to try to compress into this incredibly low data rate called speech or typing,” Musk said in the latest interview.

“If you have two brain interfaces, you could actually do an uncompressed direct conceptual communication with another person.”

The technology could take about eight to 10 years to become usable by people with no disability, which would depend heavily on regulatory approval timing and how well the devices work on people with disabilities.


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