Elon Musk discusses merging our brains with machines

Shawn Knight

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Renowned entrepreneur Elon Musk this week confirmed earlier rumors that he will be the CEO of a startup called Neuralink Corp. aimed at merging computers with the human brain. The technology could one day lead to what Musk calls “consensual telepathy.”

In a nutshell, Musk through Neuralink wants to create tiny electrodes that are implantable into our brains. These electrodes would be used as high-speed interfaces between our thoughts and computers, bypassing current low-speed communication methods like speech and typing.

If we don’t do something drastic to improve the rate at which we can share data, humanity is destined to take a backseat to machines (one could argue that evidence of this is already all around us).

The firm’s first goal, however, is a bit more realistic. Musk believes that in as few as four years, Neuralink’s technology could be used to help treat severe brain injuries caused by things like strokes and cancer lesions.

Neuralink’s business plan, as The Wall Street Journal correctly highlights, is in line with other Musk-backed ventures: create an electric car or a rocket, as was the case with Tesla and SpaceX to prove they work, then use them for more ambitious projects.

Musk said he believes Neuralink is around eight to 10 years away from being able to use the technology to benefit those without a disability.

The full 36,000-word blog post can be found over on Wait But Why for those interested in digging deeper.

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davislane1

Imagine you're in the most comfortable bed. You're lying there, motionless, deep in REM sleep, every moment being monitored by your cognitive implant.

As you dream, the heavens in your mind begin to part. The dream is becoming more vivid by the moment, all the while your implant peters away calculating and desciphering the contours of your subconscious.

A figure begins to emerge from the rift. It's an angel.

As she descends, you notice her gaze. It's the most beautiful thing you've ever seen. It's like she looking into your soul. She gets closer.

Her approach strikes you as less than innocent. Her gaze confirms this.

She approaches, enveloping you in her wings. As you pick up her scent, you realize why she is here. She acknowledges with a smile.

As she pulls her body in, the implant activates and a commercial for Trojan condoms consumes your mind. In the lower right hand corner of your mind, a box appears. "Skip ad?"

You try to press it, but you don't know how to lucid dream. By the time the ad ends, you are awake, with a single quote ringing in your mind. It's Elon Musk. The quote: "this is the future."
 
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Uncle Al

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Man, I got to get some of those sleeping pills you're using!!!!!

Would it be too soon to recommend to Elon Musk that he take a short cut and cram his smart phone up in the southern region??? That would be the quick & dirty (sorry for the pun) way to get it to market in a hurry. Seriously, that boy needs to get himself a copy of Orwell's 1984 and take notes!
 
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Igrecman

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Deja vu.
Morpheus, Trinity and Neo have been doing much more than that for a long time.
 
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Nobina

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My brain will be perfectly fine without a chip in it. They're always trying to push something you don't need.

If there was a way that you can just stick a chip onto your skin then I would reconsider but that's only if it's impossible to control, hack and it has to be Richard Stallman levels free.
 

Jack007

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Elon Musk is beginning to sound like a delusional clown the same way nostradamus sounded when making preposterous claims. The tech required for that is at least 50years away or more even before experiments can be done into this kinda stuff. Quantum supercomputing, dna data sequencing and storage, robotic interfaces, neurological networks and nanobots among others have to exist first before that is possible
 

wiyosaya

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Elon Musk is beginning to sound like a delusional clown the same way nostradamus sounded when making preposterous claims. The tech required for that is at least 50years away or more even before experiments can be done into this kinda stuff. Quantum supercomputing, dna data sequencing and storage, robotic interfaces, neurological networks and nanobots among others have to exist first before that is possible
Beginning to sound? LOL
 
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Evernessince

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Imagine you're in the most comfortable bed. You're lying there, motionless, deep in REM sleep, every moment being monitored by your cognitive implant.

As you dream, the heavens in your mind begin to part. The dream is becoming more vivid by the moment, all the while your implant peters away calculating and desciphering the contours of your subconscious.

A figure begins to emerge from the rift. It's an angel.

As she descends, you notice her gaze. It's the most beautiful thing you've ever seen. It's like she looking into your soul. She gets closer.

Her approach strikes you as less than innocent. Her gaze confirms this.

She approaches, enveloping you in her wings. As you pick up her scent, you realize why she is here. She acknowledges with a smile.

As she pulls her body in, the implant activates and a commercial for Trojan condoms consumes your mind. In the lower right hand corner of your mind, a box appears. "Skip ad?"

You try to press it, but you don't know how to lucid dream. By the time the ad ends, you are awake, with a single quote ringing in your mind. It's Elon Musk. The quote: "this is the future."
Corporate dystopias are really popular nowadays...
 
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Makson

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Elon Musk is a crank of the highest order!
Australian Slang
1. eccentric person, or one who holds stubbornly to eccentric views; 2. false; phoney:
He is an egotistical, narcissist cretin who would gain some respect if he conjured up ideas to improve the lifestyle of the limbless, infirm and elderly people in society.