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Researchers associated with Elon Musk's Neuralink startup have proposed a sewing machine-like system to implant flexible electrodes to establish a communication link between brains and computers.
Neuralink, Elon Musk's fourth and least visible company, has become a bit less secretive today with a livestreamed presentation about its technology to connect computers directly to human brains. Neuralink accepted applications from some folks to attend the San Francisco event to hear "a bit about what we've been working on the last two years," but the rest of us can tune in online at 8 p.m. PT.
Conference - NeuraLink - YouTube - Channel
The conference is being streamed live on NeuraLink's YouTube channel.
A New York Times report published on July 16 details the ambitious project in which NeuraLink detail their system which they hope to start testing on humans in the first half of 2020.
Neuralink - Way - Brains - Computers - Goals
Neuralink, founded in 2016, is working on a way to let human brains communicate directly with computers. Goals include fast transfer rates and quick responses, but just establishing a connection and figuring out how to exchange useful information presents immense challenges.
One possible approach involves an array of flexible probes inserted into the brain with a system resembling a sewing machine, an idea described by researchers reportedly associated with Neuralink. That's a lot cruder than the organically grown nanotechnological neural laces you'll find inside the brains of sci-fi characters, but it's remarkable that the technology is even under discussion.
Musk - Company - Effort - Humans - Performance
Musk founded the company in an effort to give humans a performance edge as we cope with the arrival of artificial intelligence -- a technology he views as an existential threat to the race. The challenges are immense, though, when it comes to developing the technology, making it practical and affordable, and convincing people it's safe and desirable.
Pause for a moment and ponder the idea of "consensual telepathy," because if...
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