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Elon Musk to pioneer new Inner Space Frontier via Neuralink “neural lace” technology

Elon Musk Launch­es Neu­ralink to Con­nect Brains With Com­put­ers (The Wall Street Jour­nal):

Build­ing a mass-mar­ket elec­tric vehi­cle and col­o­niz­ing Mars aren’t ambi­tious enough for Elon Musk. The bil­lion­aire entre­pre­neur now wants to merge com­put­ers with human brains to help peo­ple keep up with machines.

The founder and chief exec­u­tive of Tes­la Inc. and Space Explo­ration Tech­nolo­gies Corp. has launched anoth­er com­pa­ny called Neu­ralink Corp., accord­ing to peo­ple famil­iar with the mat­ter. Neu­ralink is pur­su­ing what Mr. Musk calls “neur­al lace” tech­nol­o­gy, implant­i­ng tiny brain elec­trodes that may one day upload and down­load thoughts…the first prod­ucts could be advanced implants to treat intractable brain dis­or­ders like epilep­sy or major depres­sion, a mar­ket worth bil­lions of dol­lars. Such implants would build on sim­pler elec­trodes already used to treat brain dis­or­ders like Parkinson’s dis­ease.

If Neu­ralink can prove the safe­ty and effi­ca­cy of tech­nol­o­gy it devel­ops and receive gov­ern­ment approval, per­haps it then could move on to cos­met­ic brain surg­eries to enhance cog­ni­tive func­tion, these peo­ple say. Mr. Musk allud­ed to this pos­si­bil­i­ty in his com­ments last June, describ­ing how humans strug­gle to process and gen­er­ate infor­ma­tion as quick­ly as they absorb it.”

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