Elon Musk, Tesla founder and chief executive officer, recently announced that he will become CEO of the startup Neuralink, which he has set up, aiming at integrating the brain and the computer to enable humans to communicate with “telepathy” someday.
Musk said in a recent interview with “Wait But Why” that he established the company to connect human brains and computers, reported the Wall Street Journal (WSJ).
Neuralink spokesman said Musk will work as CEO. Musk, who is already busy with the electric car company Tesla and the rocket company Space X, is going to be CEO of three companies.
The goal of Neuralink is more ambitious than Tesla’s plan to popularize electric cars and Space X’s ambition to send humans to Mars, WSJ said. Neuralink tries to replace human language with brain access.
Musk said he would be able to communicate with other people with “telepathy” without talking. “It is difficult to know exactly what it is like to think with others. The idea that organizations think together will be even more bizarre,” he added.
He explained how easy it would be if people would shoot someone else’s head what they think instead of trying to portray a picture with words.
But Musk said the priority goal of the company is to launch equipment that will help to treat brain damage, including strokes, brain lesions, paralysis and memory problems in about four years.
“It will take 8-10 years for normal people to use it,” he continued. “The timing of regulatory approvals depends a lot on how well the equipment works for people with disabilities.”
Before the interview day of the Musk, Facebook also released a similar ambition. Regina Duggan, who leads the company’s secret hardware division, “Building 8,” brought up a question at the developer conference the day before, “What if you could type directly from your brain?”