By Oladipupo Mojeed
Elon Musk, the co-founder of luxury all-electric U.S. car maker, Tesla, has started a new company called Neuralink, in what’s widely seen as a bid to add a symbiotic computer layer to the human brain.
Musk has described a “neural lace” that could add a symbiotic digital layer to the human brain.
In the future, it seems, he’ll try to build that device through a new company, Neuralink.
Musk, whose name is also tied to ambitious projects in space and electric cars, confirmed the new venture early Tuesday, after it was first reported by The Wall Street Journal.
“He hasn’t made an announcement, but Neuralink registered in California as a ‘medical research’ company last July,” the Journal said.
Hours later, Musk confirmed the company’s name — but little else — in a tweet.
Long Neuralink piece coming out on @waitbutwhy in about a week. Difficult to dedicate the time, but existential risk is too high not to.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 28, 2017
//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsHe said, would come in a post on the Wait But Why site, which specializes in long-form, visually rich explainers.
With few details made public, speculation about Neuralink centers on the name and how it might correspond to Musk’s previous statements about incorporating artificial intelligence, or AI, into human brains.