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The founder of SpaceX and Tesla Motors Elon Musk is working on a new startup Neorolink, writes the WSJ. According to her, the company is developing the technology to implant in the human brain electrodes for medical purposes and improve the efficiency of human
The founder of SpaceX and Tesla Motors Elon Musk is launching a new startup company Neuralink that will deal with the development of technology “neural lace”, which allows to implant in the human brain of tiny electrodes, writes The Wall Street Journal, citing its sources.
The ultimate goal of technology could increase the efficiency of human — acceleration of its interaction with the information, so that people ceased to keep up with the machines, writes the WSJ. In addition, the new technology can allow “download” of thought in the human brain and “upload” them.
However, before proceeding to achieve these objectives, the Musk is more likely to focus on the solution of applied medical tasks, said the source publication. If Neuralink will be able to prove the safety and effectiveness of the technology, which the company will develop and obtain the approval of the government, perhaps the next step will be the production operations on the brain to improve cognitive functions of a person.
Interlocutors of WSJ suggesting that the initial goal of a startup may be the treatment of brain diseases such as epilepsy or depression. In confirmation of this idea, the publication notes that Neuralink was registered in California in July last year as the company, which is engaged in “medical research.”
Musk, according to sources the WSJ, took an active part in the creation of this company and can take a leadership role. The founder of Tesla Motors did not respond to a request by the newspaper for comment. Another American entrepreneur Max Hodak, who, according to his own statement among the founders of the Neurolink, confirmed in an interview with the newspaper that Musk is actively involved in the fate of a startup, but to disclose the details refused.
According to the newspaper, Neuralink hired a number of leading scientists in this field, the newspaper writes, — a specialist in flexible electrodes, Vanessa Tolosa from Lawrence Livermore national laboratory; Professor Philip Sabes from the University of California, studying how the brain controls movement; and Timothy Gardner, a Professor at Boston University, which is known that implants tiny electrodes into the brain of finches to study how these birds sing.
Gardner confirmed to the publication that works for Neuralink, but refused to share details. Professor Sebes declined to comment, and Dr. Tolosa has not responded to a request by the WSJ for comment.