It is pursuing what Musk calls the “neural lace” technology of implanting tiny brain electrodes for the purpose, reports ”The Wall Street Journal.”
Tesla Inc. founder and Chief Executive Elon Musk has launched a company called Neuralink Corp., through which computers could merge with human brains, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
Neuralink is pursuing what Mr. Musk calls the “neural lace” technology, implanting tiny brain electrodes that may one day upload and download thoughts, the Journal reported.
Mr. Musk has not made an official announcement, but Neuralink was registered in California as a “medical research” company last July, and he plans on funding the company mostly by himself, a person briefed on the plans told the Journal.
It is unclear what sorts of products Neuralink might create, but people who have had discussions with the company describe a strategy similar to space launch company SpaceX and Tesla, the Journal report said.
In recent weeks, Neuralink has hired leading academics in the field, the Journal reported.
So what Neuralink is?
Neuralink is an American biotechnology startup company developing implantable brain–computer interfaces (BCI). The company was founded in 2016 by Elon Musk and first publicly reported on in March 2017. Musk has previously spoken about a “neural lace”, which is a term from the Culture series of science-fiction novels written by Iain M. Banks in 1987 which introduces the concept of programming neurons. This type of technology is slowly becoming a reality upon recent advances in nanotechnology which allowed the development of a biomedically engineered substrate consisting of electrical circuits that can interact with neurological signals upon injection into the brain.
Neuralink Corp. was incorporated in the US state of Delaware, as is common for many companies, but operates in California. Neuralink is registered in California as a medical research company. The goal of the company, according to CEO Elon Musk, is to augment humans so that they can continue to be economically useful while competing with machines. Similar technology is currently under research and development across various universities and institutions.