Cyborgs are coming; Elon Musk launches Neuralink to connect human brains with computers

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He is an innovation evangelist in its true sense. One of the world’s most energetic entrepreneurs, Elon Musk has launched a new startup called Neuralink with an ambitious plan of connecting human brains with computers.

According to the reports, Neuralink is designed with a mission of creating devices that can be implanted in the human brain.

Musk, who is widely acclaimed as the entrepreneur of the future, has been engaged in promoting Artificial Intelligence (AI)-sponsored ventures. The CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, Musk is betting big on this sensitive yet futuristic area-the brain-computer interfaces-which  exists today only in science fiction.

Elon Musk
Elon Musk

Then, what’s this all about? Neuralink’s innovations could improve memory of the humans; it also allows more direct interactions between brain and computers.

The innovation maverick has been in the news for many years, all for the good reasons like mass-market electric cars and space-exploring initiatives. Now, he is trying to implant tiny electrodes in human brains.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the billionaire entrepreneur now wants to merge computers with human brains to help people keep up with machines.

Experts are of the opinion that this may turn humans into cyborgs.

Cyborg means cybernetic organism, a being with both organic and biomechatronic body parts. The term was coined in 1960 by Manfred Clynes and Nathan S Kline in their research paper.

“Altering man’s bodily functions to meet the requirements of extraterrestrial environments would be more logical than providing an earthly environment for him in space . . . Artifact-organism systems which would extend man’s unconscious, self-regulatory controls are one possibility,’’ Manfred Clynes and Nathan S Kline stated in their research paper titled Cyborgs and space.

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