Elon Musk’s mind pc interface (BCI) enterprise Neuralink will present some extra perception into what they’ve been engaged on for the previous two years, throughout which period we’ve heard little or no in the way in which of updates on their progress. In 2017, we discovered that Neuralink’s total driving mission was to assist people hold tempo with fast developments in AI, guaranteeing that we will proceed to work with ever-more superior know-how, by closing the enter and output hole between ourselves and computer systems.
Musk has famously forewarned of the potential risks of synthetic intelligence, and what occurs when it turns into extra highly effective relative to out personal potential to manage and perceive it. He additionally based OpenAI alongside Sam Altman and others as a analysis group hoping to collaborate on the event of AI particularly designed to learn, not hurt humanity.
At Recode’s Code convention in 2016, and once more in 2017 at an occasion in Dubai, Musk mentioned how BCI might assist folks talk with computer systems with a lot increased bandwidth and decrease latency than is feasible now, utilizing our comparatively primitive enter strategies (keyboard, mice and contact all introduce a stunning quantity of lag and constancy loss if you concentrate on it).
Neuralink appears to be Musk’s long-term play to assist bridge this hole, which mainly quantities to an effort to speed up the sort of ‘singularity’ second advocated by Ray Kurzweil and others whereby humanity successfully merges with know-how as a brand new stage of engineered evolution. Within the interim, nevertheless, it initially set its sights on addressing medical situations together with epilepsy and medical, chemical despair through implanted mind interfaces, as a stepping stone to its extra bold and extra broadly relevant objectives for BCI.
This replace from Neuralink ought to make clear the place they’re with that strategy (if that’s even nonetheless the strategy), and who is aware of: we would even get a clue as to how and after we can anticipate to really grow to be one with our computer systems.