We ve heard scientists replicating human brain through chips and code, but if Elon Musk s ambitious idea is anything to go by, we might soon be able to see human brains embedded with chips to outsmart machines. The entrepreneur launched a new venture called Neuralink that aims to build devices, which could be implanted into the human brain, thereby merging artificial intelligence with human capabilities. Also Read - Realme announces 'D' under its TechLife division; will focus on smart home devicesAlso Read - Elon Musk's Starlink satellite internet service faces challenge to launch in India, DoT begins scrutiny
Other than helping human brains merge with software, these devices could also help improve human memory or allow for a more direct interaction with computing devices. Although Neuralink is still in its early stages as a company, and does not have a public presence as of now, Musk has hinted at its existence in the past. Musk once told a crowd in Dubai that over time there will be a closer merger of biological and digital intelligence, The Verge reports. He said, It’s mostly about the bandwidth, the speed of the connection between your brain and the digital version of yourself, particularly output.” Also Read - Elon Musk's Neuralink shows a Monkey playing video game with its mind: WATCH VIDEO
In a separate instance, Musk once responded to a Twitter user who asked about his progress on neural lace . Such a technology refers to a brain-computer interface humans could use to improve themselves.
If one looks at Musk s idea of a neural lace, the possibilities are extremely alluring on the medical front. For brain dead patients or those battling Parkinson s disease, having a custom chip inside their brains to help recuperate is nothing short of a miracle. However, the challenges and risks are involved are immense.
Human brain, being one of the most sensitive organs, is incredibly difficult to operate upon and involves a lot of life threatening risks. But that has not stopped the tech and medical industry exploring the possibilities of hacking into a human brain. Kernal a startup with a team of neuroscientists and software engineers is already working towards reversing the effects of neurodegenerative diseases by enhancing human cognition. ALSO READ: Afraid of losing your job to a robot? You re not alone
What makes the idea alluring and intimidating at the same time is the tremendous amount of risks involved. Bringing a science fiction technology into reality will mean a complex combination of implants, possibly also challenging the existing norms of science and ethical research. In addition to the challenges, it would require the technology to have proven its effect so as to have people allow scientists to open their brains and insert chips.