Target of Elon Musk's New Company: Our Brains

By Jenn Gidman, Newser Staff

April 23, 2017

Elon Musk might be somewhat skittish at the prospect of artificial intelligence (or at least at its more nefarious potential), but that hasn't curbed his latest goal: merging human brains with computers by the time we reach the next presidential inauguration, Reuters reports. 

In what TechCrunch calls "the most science fictional of all three of his ventures," the Tesla and SpaceX CEO discussed his new company Neuralink with Tim Urban of the Wait but Why blog, who comments on the "mind-bending bigness" of the firm's mission. 

That mission—which TechCrunch notes may irk some investors, as Musk has confirmed he'll spread himself a little thinner and take the CEO helm for Neuralink, too—is to get a technology to market in four years' time that would create a high-bandwidth link between machines and severely injured human brains (injuries caused by strokes or cancer lesions, for example).

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