It looks like Elon Musk isn’t tired enough with launching reusable rockets, rolling out new Teslas, and planning colonization in Mars. The serial entrepreneur is now backing another new company called Neuralink. As The Wall Street Journal reported, the company is still in the earliest stage of existence and aimed at developing the abilities of the brain through technological augmentation.
Last year at Code Conference, Musk brought up the possibility of a “neural lace,” which would intertwine computers and the human brain. It would let user cooperate with a computer without any bandwidth challenges, including keyboard, mouse, as well as the trackpad.
According to the WSJ report, Neuralink won’t initially be focused on improving ordinary human brainpower, instead, it’s going to investigate how brain interfaces might eliminate the signs of crucial and incurable medical conditions, such as epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease or depression.
To prove that the technology is safe and viable, Neuralink plans to develop a prototype first, which will likely be a brain implant that can treat epilepsy and severe depressive disorder. It will give the company a starting point with established science and an easier way to approval for human use. Overcoming that obstacle would then fix the company for a long-term purpose of human augmentation.