American businessman Elon Musk, leader of Tesla and SpaceX, revealed via Twitter that he will release news from his brain implant company, Neuralink, on August 28. The last time Musk announced news about the progress of this mission to connect brains to computers was a year ago.
Progress update August 28
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 9, 2020
So far, little is known about Neuralink Corporation, unless it is a company registered in the US state of California in the area of neurotechnology and which was founded in 2016. In addition, it is known that it intends to develop interfaces between brains humans and computers in the form of implants. In 2019, Elon Musk came to call this connection “symbiotic” – a “neural bond”, christened the businessman, who works as “a kind of third digital layer over the cerebral cortex, which covers the limbic system”.
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In July 2019, Musk went so far as to claim that the company had successfully conducted tests of these implants on monkeys and rats. At the time, the multimillionaire said there was an expectation to start testing human beings as early as 2020.
In 2019, Neuralink had some recognized scientists in the field, working for Elon Musk. Some of them – Timothy L. Hanson, Camilo A. Diaz-Botia, Viktor Kharazia, Michel M. Maharbiz and Philip N. Sabes – published, in April, a study called “The sewing machine for minimally invasive neural engravings”, Who talks about a way to quickly implement these interfaces in rat brains.
How does the TechCrunch, which also advances the news, Musk has stated on several occasions that he believes that advanced, uncontrolled and unregulated artificial intelligence represents an existential risk for humanity. Because of this, Neuralink aims to be a means of protection against this threat. Additionally, Musk has also reported in recent years that the connection to a computer using a mouse or keyboard is limited and that a more advanced system can address these shortcomings.