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Elon Musk's Neuralink Connects Brains With Computers

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk attends a panel discussion at the World Government Summit 2017 in Dubai's Madinat Jumeirah on Feb. 13, 2017. (Stringer/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 28 Mar 2017 05:04 PM

Elon Musk, founder and CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, has launched a new startup, Neuralink, that aims to connect people’s brains to computers through implantable brain electrodes he calls “neural lace.”

Musk has had an active part in setting up the startup and may have a major leadership role, according to The Wall Street Journal. Max Hodak, a member of the founding team, said the company is still “embryonic,” and plans are being made for future development.

Between his other two companies and his five children, Musk’s time is pressed extremely thin, but he sees the development of the neural lace technology as vital if humans are going to keep up with AI machines going forward. “If you assume any rate of advancement in [artificial intelligence], we will be left behind by a lot,” Musk said at a conference last June, The Wall Street Journal reported.

More details may be shared in an expected blog post on Wait But Why next week, Musk tweeted on Monday about the new company.

Musk has previously used Tim Urban’s Wait But Why to talk about his other businesses and ventures, the Los Angeles Times reported.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Neuralink recently hired leaders in the field, including Vanessa Tolosa, an engineer and expert in flexible electrodes; Philip Sabes, a professor at UCSF who studies the brain’s control of movement; and Timother Gardner, who has implanted electrodes in birds’ brains to study how they sing.

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Elon Musk, founder and CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, has launched a new startup, Neuralink, that aims to connect people’s brains to computers through implantable brain electrodes he calls “neural lace.”
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