Elon Musk to reveal more details about brain-computer startup

Elon Musk's startup Neuralink aims to connect humans directly to computers: Getty Images/iStockphoto
Elon Musk’s startup Neuralink aims to connect humans directly to computers: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Elon Musk will reveal new details about his brain-computer interface startup Neuralink next month.

The technology entrepreneur, who also heads up electric car company Tesla and private space firm SpaceX, tweeted on Thursday that the venture’s core aim is to allow the human brain to compete with artificial intelligence.

“If you can’t beat em, join em – Neuralink’s mission statement,” he tweeted, apparently in reference to the competition with AI. “Progress update August 28.”

During a presentation last year, Mr Musk said that first-generation devices would be used to treat brain diseases such as Parkinson’s, before allowing people to “ultimately achieve a sort of symbiosis with artificial intelligence.”

A white paper describing the technology detailed how a tiny chip connects to the brain through thousands of “flexible electrode threads”, each one thinner than a human hair.

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