Elon Musk on mission to link human brains with computers in 4 yrs -report


April 21 (Reuters) - Tesla Inc <TSLA.O> founder and Chief
Executive Elon Musk said his latest company Neuralink Corp is
working to link the human brain with a machine interface by
creating micron-sized devices.
    Neuralink is aiming to bring to the market a product that
helps with certain severe brain injuries due to stroke, cancer
lesion etc, in about four years, Musk said in an interview with
website Wait But Why.
    "If I were to communicate a concept to you, you would
essentially engage in consensual telepathy," Musk said in the
interview published on Thursday. http://bit.ly/2oWJcMw
    Artificial intelligence and machine learning will create
computers so sophisticated and godlike that humans will need to
implant "neural laces" in their brains to keep up, Musk said in
a tech conference last year. [nL1N18V018]
    "There are a bunch of concepts in your head that then your
brain has to try to compress into this incredibly low data rate
called speech or typing," Musk said in the latest interview.
    "If you have two brain interfaces, you could actually do an
uncompressed direct conceptual communication with another
    The technology could take about eight to 10 years to become
usable by people with no disability, which would depend heavily
on regulatory approval timing and how well the devices work on
people with disabilities, Musk was quoted as saying.
    In March, the Wall Street Journal reported that Musk had
launched a company through which computers could merge with
human brains. Neuralink was registered in California as a
"medical research" company last July, and he plans on funding
the company mostly by himself. [nL3N1H458K]

 (Reporting by Abinaya Vijayaraghavan in Bengaluru; Editing by
Gopakumar Warrier)
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