Whether we want it or not, psychic technology, the connection between our minds and computers is becoming closer each day.
Elon Musk, discussing his neurotechnology startup, Neuralink, intends to begin implanting devices into human brains this year.
Musk has $100 million into Neuralink since its 2016 establishment, according to The New York Times.
Musk has brought together many of the world’s leading neuroscientists to its home base at a laboratory at the University of California at Davis.
What does Neuralink do?
The system would allow for a microchip — or a brain-machine interface — to be implanted into the brains of volunteers. In theory, users will achieve “symbiosis with artificial intelligence.”
Little 4 mm by 4 mm chips are designed to stimulate brain cells using electrodes. A precision robot would perform the procedure Musk compared to LASIK eye surgery.
“It’s not like a major operation — it’s sort of equivalent to a LASIK type of thing,” he said.
Musk and his supporters believe Neuralink could treat brain disorders, like Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease, and ultimately could improve brain function.
Many critics are abuzz with claims that the technology is many decades from completion, and the FDA will certainly have their own questions over safety concerns.
Such technology will, in one sweeping motion, destroys the concept of knowledge. What is a world like where each person has the complete database of world information a thought away? Will being wrong be a thing of the past?