Elon Musk is working on 'superhuman' product that will connect your brain to a computer

Jake Hall
Sunday 16 September 2018 11:30
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Elon Musk might be best known for his controversial comments, anti-union rants and occasional tendency to smoke blunts on-screen, but he's also a leader in tech innovation.

Now more than ever, it seems that science is advancing to the extent that our wildest fantasies could become a reality.

So, in a world in which Sophia, The Robot actually exists, it shouldn't really come as a surprise that Musk is working on a new product, named Neuralink, which could connect your brain to a computer – essentially making you superhuman.

Explaining the idea further on podcast Joe Rogan Experience (this was before he sparked up and sent meme creators into meltdown), Musk clarified that the concept is in its early stages but that an 'interesting' announcement should soon come:

I think we’ll have something interesting to announce in a few months that’s better than anyone thinks is possible. Best case scenario, we effectively merge with AI.

It will enable anyone who wants to have superhuman cognition. Anyone who wants. How much smarter are you with a phone or computer or without? You’re vastly smarter, actually.

You can answer any question pretty much instantly. You can remember flawlessly. Your phone can remember videos [and] pictures perfectly. Your phone is already an extension of you. You’re already a cyborg.

Most people don’t realise you’re already a cyborg. It’s just that the data rate, it’s slow, very slow.

It’s like a tiny straw of information flow between your biological self and your digital self. We need to make that tiny straw like a giant river, a huge, high-bandwidth interface.

Sound apocalyptic? If so, it might make you feel better to hear that the technology was initially developed with the aim of remedying brain diseases.

Neuralink is also the name of a company Musk founded alongside eight other partners, which aimed to revolutionise neurotechnology. The company has largely ben silent up until now (with the exception of a controversial animal testing facility proposal), so the news at least gives some insight into Musk's vision.

He even waited until after the announcement to drink whisky and smoke weed. Maybe he's onto something after all...

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