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.