Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Elon Musk wants to connect your BRAIN to a computer this year as ‘awesome’ Neuralink mind-chip prepares to launch

Charlotte Edwards, Digital Technology and Science Reporter
5 Feb 2020, 10:36 Updated: 5 Feb 2020, 12:53

ELON Musk has tweeted that his brain-computer chip company Neuralink is working on an "awesome" version of the device.

The kooky billionaire believes his brain interface tech will turn humans into a genius super race.

Musk has been has been developing the technology, called Neuralink, because he thinks humans must become one with machines in order to survive being replaced by artificial intelligence.

His plan to "save the human race" involves wiring computer chips into our minds to merge us with artificial intelligence.

Last July, Neuralink revealed plans to use lasers to shoot holes in skulls and feed threads of electrodes into the human brain.

It declared this was a potential way of connecting the human brain to machines.

The firm says its brain chips (pictured) will give people hyper intelligence
Credit: Neuralink
Tiny threads (pictured) thinner than a human hair will be implanted into the brain
Credit: Neuralink
Musk has previously claimed that the updated version of Neuralink may be "in a human as soon as this year".

A concept design of Musk's updated vision has not yet been revealed, nor do we know if it will even work.

However, Musk is optimistic and thinks the device could even be used to "restore brain and motor functions".

Threads will be needled into people's brains using this terrifying machine
Credit: Neuralink
Neuralink showed off a concept image of a smartphone app for its brain implants
Credit: Neuralink

On its website, the company boasts that it is developing "ultra high bandwidth brain-machine interfaces to connect humans and computers".

The technology isn't just intended for creating a super human cyborg race though.

Musk has said Neuralink will first focus on medical applications, such as tackling the effects of brain diseases like epilepsy.

Here are some of the threads next to a human finger for scale
Credit: Neuralink
After this, the brain chips will be updated to develop a "symbiotic relationship" between AI and humanity.

Ultimately, Musk thinks that implanted chips are what will protect humans from becoming an endangered species.

Test chips have already been implanted into rats (pictured) and monkeys
Credit: Neuralink
Neuralink plans to hook your brain up to a computer. Pictured is a concept image showing what the implant could look like
Credit: Neuralink

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