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Elon Musk seeks to merge man with machine

By T.K. Randall
March 31, 2017 · Comment icon 9 comments

Will humans and machines become one ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Glogger / Chris Aimone
The SpaceX CEO has launched Neuralink - a new company which aims to merge humans with computers.
The ambitious endeavour will seek to directly connect the human brain to a computer through something known as a "neural lace" - a technology that can be "woven" in to the brain to help enhance its functionality as well as to facilitate direct communication with nearby devices.

Brain-computer interfaces are not a new thing, however those that exist already are relatively slow and limited in what they can achieve. If Musk succeeds, it could open the door to a more seamless integration between humans and machines.
"Over time I think we will probably see a closer merger of biological intelligence and digital intelligence," he said previously. "It's mostly about the bandwidth, the speed of the connection between your brain and the digital version of yourself, particularly output."

Exactly what Neuralink's "neural lace" technology will be able to achieve remains unclear, but it seems that transhumanism - the process of enhancing humanity's capabilities through the use of science and technology - is here to stay.



Source: Wired.co.uk | Comments (9)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by paperdyer 7 years ago
If this is highly successful and with all the advances in robotics, can a flock of "Datas" be far behind.  Giving people robot bodies may even come to pass if they can download the brain's "footprint" to a next generation A!.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Summerin1905 7 years ago
that would suck though if you got a virus like Trojan virus or something like that. then your screwed. You might even have to reboot yourself lol
Comment icon #3 Posted by Manfred von Dreidecker 7 years ago
I'm getting worried about him. He's got definite megalomaniac aspirations. 
Comment icon #4 Posted by Torviking 7 years ago
We would all sound like the Robo voice on those crap crypto pseudo science videos , jeeeeze! And the CIA could watch everybody. Don't know how I would cope with screen freeze or pop up injury claims adds.
Comment icon #5 Posted by EBE Hybrid 7 years ago
It could be the start of the Borg collective! Image the shock and disapointment you'd feel after getting your neural lace woven into your cerebal neurologigal bits, thinking that you'll be all upgraded, cyborg compatible and the must have guy on the pub quizz team, then you end up being hacked by the collective who then control your function and send you out to round up all the human 1.0's and force them to upgrade so that they too will become the drones of the Collective!!!! It'd be enough to make you cry (if the Collective didn't have control of your brain's emotional centre), especially whe... [More]
Comment icon #6 Posted by EBE Hybrid 7 years ago
I imagine the task of mapping an individuals neural network so that a neural lace could be matched to them would be a massive achievement would be achievment. The potential to essentially telepathically communicate would be amazing. Plus, you could probably stream Netflix! It also appears that natrual world is running a prototype program!!!http://metro.co.uk/2017/03/30/doctors-pull-four-inch-wriggling-worm-from-patients-brain-6543637/
Comment icon #7 Posted by Reepa 7 years ago
Haha with Manfred here, deffo hijacked a time machine and is now using future tech to shape the world. (This may not be a serious post).
Comment icon #8 Posted by seaturtlehorsesnake 7 years ago
i could go for a robot body right now. everything hurts. more semi-serious: this does nothing to assuage my fear that transhumanism will mainly just widen the gap between the rich and the poor on a global scale
Comment icon #9 Posted by Dogandcats 7 years ago
I was at a conference where one of the speakers was cyborg Neil Harbissom -https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neil_Harbisson


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