Elon Musk's startup Neuralink has plans to connect humans' brains directly to computers using Bluetooth-enabled implants inserted into the brain before the end of the year in an effort to create "symbiosis with artificial intelligence," but some people in the health community do not like the idea.
"Neuroscientists know all too well that brains do *not* like having things inserted in them, and respond unhappily and unpredictably," tweeted Kat McGowan, a journalist and editor focused on medicine and science. "There's no way this tech would be used for a healthy person in the coming years. Maybe not even decades. Cars and rockets =/ brains."
Neuroscientist Bryan William Jones, a retinal neuroscientist at Utah's Moran Eye Center, warned of gliosis from the implants.
"The thing that *NOBODY* is addressing, or has dealt with is the gliosis involved with implantation of electrodes in nervous tissue," wrote Jones on Twitter. "Yet folks are just charging ahead with implanting electrodes, this time Musk is proposing doing it in normal humans."
Musk, also the founder and CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, made the announcement during an appearance at a Neuralink Livestream event Tuesday night at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.
Neuralink, founded in 2016 by Musk, was created to help people deal with brain and spinal cord injuries or congenital defects. The technology could help build a "digital superintelligence layer" to link humans with AI and also help give paraplegics the ability to control artificial limbs using just their thoughts.
"If you know somebody who's broken their neck, broken their spine — we can solve that with a chip," Musk said. "And this is something that I think most people don't understand yet."
"I think there's an incredible amount we can do to solve brain disorders and damage," he added.
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