Neuralink is the American company founded by Elon Musk, also the founder of famous Tesla Inc and SpaceX. According to Musk Neuralink is pursuing the “neural lace” technology which use brain implants to directly link human minds to computers.It would allow people to communicate directly with machines without any physical interface.
NEURALINK – A STARTUP TO CONNECT HUMAN BRAIN TO THE INTERNET
The PayPal founder and CEO of Tesla and SpaceX believe humans need something called a neural lace in order to compete with artificial intelligence. In order to achieve this, Musk has launched the startup Neuralink, a human-computer brain interface company, in whatever spare moments he has between running Tesla and also running SpaceX.
Last July it is confirmed that Neuralink was registered as a “medical research” firm in California As reported by, the company hired some of the high professional academics and neuroscientists to develop the neural lace.
Neuro-lace involves implanting tiny brain electrodes in order to create a wireless brain-computer interface.It may one day upload and download thoughts to or from computer allowing humans to achieve higher levels of cognitive function.
To be simple neural lace is an ultra-thin mesh. A tiny needle containing the rolled up mesh is required to insert a neural lace. When placed inside a skull the mesh leaves the needle and it unravels, spanning the brain. The lace will be accepted as part of the brain, and will even move with it as it grows.
Musk hinted the existential risk artificial intelligence poses to humans. He stated that neural lace could stop humans from becoming ‘house cats’ to artificial intelligence. According to him, neural lace is important to humanity to achieve symbiosis with the machine. He recently said that it’s mostly about the bandwidth, the speed of the connection between your brain and the digital version of yourself, particularly output.”
Challenges in developing neural lace.
The fundamental challenge is the slow outbound bandwidth from our biological brain. While there is a relatively limited resource on how much information we can get into the brain per second -our neocortex is great at interpreting huge streams of real-time inputs from our eyes, ears. Hence the fastest we can get information out of our brains is severely constrained.
The electrode arrays and other implants have been used to help ameliorate the effects of Parkinson’s, epilepsy, and other neuro-degenerative diseases. But only limited people have complex implants placed inside their skulls, while the number of patients with very basic stimulating devices number only in the tens of thousands. This is because it is highly dangerous and only those who have exhausted every other medical option choose to undergo such surgery as a last resort.
To be fair, the hurdles involved in developing these devices are immense. Researchers say we have very limited understanding of how the neurons can communicate.Our methods of collecting data on those neurons are rudimentary. Then there’s the idea of people volunteering to have electronics placed inside their heads.
But once this technology reaches maturity, Mind-based communication would become possible. Technology will likely be available at low cost, in exchange of our behavioral analytics. This tech is still far away from any kind of broad commercial application – maybe farther than a SpaceX trip to Mars. Musk says that it’s probably going to be at least “eight to 10 years” before tech the company produces can be used by someone without a disability.
The PayPal co-founder most known for Tesla and SpaceX but also his ties to Hyperloop.The ultra-ambitious high-speed transport network that’s been inking a lot of agreements lately. He’s exerting some kind of influence over several major innovations and sectors, AI is just the latest.“