Elon Musk Plans To Develop A Micron-Sized Device That Will Turn Us Into Cyborgs

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, in an interview at Wait But Why, reveals his plan to develop a micron-sized device to link human brains with machines with his new startup Neuralink. The device will also help to treat brain injuries and their symptoms – such as strokes, paralysis and memory loss in old age; and Musk hopes to bring this new technology to the market by 2021, reports The Next Web. He also plans to create a way to connect people’s brains to each other to communicate directly without having to type or talk.

Musk says we’re already a cyborg and we already have superpowers and we have spent a huge part of our lives with smartphones and laptops. He explains, “You’re already digitally superhuman. The thing that would change is the interface—having a high-bandwidth interface to your digital enhancements.The thing is that today, the interface all necks down to this tiny straw, which is, particularly in terms of output, it’s like poking things with your meat sticks, or using words—either speaking or tapping things with fingers. And in fact, output has gone backwards. It used to be, in your most frequent form, output would be ten-finger typing. Now, it’s like, two-thumb typing. That’s crazy slow communication. We should be able to improve that by many orders of magnitude with a direct neural interface.”

Neuralink’s product, however, is still far away from any kind of broad commercial application – and Musk says it will take at least “eight to 10 years” before the product can be used by someone without a disability. TechCrunch notes that “the startup is looking to create therapeutic applications of its tech first.”

7 thoughts on “Elon Musk Is Planning To Develop A Micron-Sized Device That Will Turn Us Into Cyborgs

  1. With increased capabilities comes a need for discretion in using these capabilities. This applies to many things: freedom of speech, mass production, nuclear power, printing stuff on paper, sending emails, or generating “content” on electronic media. I’m not sure if I would welcome the ability of direct brain-to-brain communication. Imo, it’s more likely to add to the everyday information overload, noise, and confusion than to increase productivity or make people happier.

    In times when to publish something one needed to write an article, submit it to a newspaper, and have it reviewed by an editor, corrector, and typeset, the quality of information was far greater than today. The quality is inversely proportional to the cost. “Cheap” is a synonym of “low-quality”. When something can be cheaply and quickly produced and replaced, the quality plummets. Who cares about quality if a thing can be replaced for a negligible cost? Who cares if a message is poorly composed and has 20 typos? We can send 10 follow-ups to clarify it within 10 minutes.

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