Technology is evolving, and we are still learning what’s possible and what’s not. Elon Musk, Space X, and Tesla CEO spoke in detail about NeuraLink Corp. This venture from Musk wants to combine the human brain with artificial intelligence.
To start with, Musk aims to develop technology to help people with disabilities (Like stroke, brain legions and other issues that stop the brain communicating with the body properly) to regain body movement and function. The dream is not anything new, but Musk aims to have this done and ready in four years.
Musk Wants This In A Decade
In 8 to 10 years, Musk hopes to have people without disabilities use this technology. NeuraLink believes that by creating technology that gives people the ability to use their brain with artificial intelligence to regain body movement, then the technology could help people to communicate without words, to play music with your thoughts, help people. The technology could with mood disorders or feel the pleasures of a hamburger without gaining extra weight.
Many experts claim this is possible, but maybe not in the amount of time Musk claims this can happen. The issues may not be with the technology, but how we understand and what we know about the brain. Despite all we know about the world around us, what we know about the brain can come down to a single statement – Not that much, in the end.
Is This Difficult?
Human speech is like decoded thoughts. Each brain is encrypted with information. We do not know if this encryption is unique or the same across brains. Which means that if a device can decrypt someone’s thoughts to communicate the contents of their mind, would the same decryption method work on someone else’s brain in the same way?
If someone thinks of a dog, does their brain work in the same way as someone else thinking of the same dog?
Musk, as usual, is moving beyond technology into a world of big questions and philosophy. However, NeuraLink is not the first company to chase this dream. Matthew Nagle was the first paralyzed man to have a sensor implanted into his brain in 2006. The U.S. government has been funding a project called REPAIR through its DARPA arm. The University of Pittsburgh and Brown University are studying brain implants for medical purposes. Moreover, Facebook is getting in on the act, attempting to build on progress made by Standford University’s quest to find ways for paralyzed patients to type using their brain.