(FUTURISM.COM) In case you missed it, Elon Musk is rather concerned about the fate of humanity, given the extreme advancements being made in artificial intelligence (AI). Ultimately, he fears that our AI will, one day, overtake us. When this happens, he claims that humans will likely become second class citizens (or slaves, or something even worse).
Now, reports have surfaced which assert that he is backing a brain-computer interface venture that was founded to allow humans to keep up with the advancements made in machines. The interface is intended to work by augmenting that which makes us human: our brains.
The find comes from The Wall Street Journal. According to them, the company – which is called Neuralink – is still in the earliest stages of development. To that end, it has no public presence at all.
For a meaningful partial brain interface, I think we’re roughly four or five years away. -Elon Musk
What we do know is that its ultimate goal is to create a device (or possibly a series of devices) that can be implanted in the human brain. These will serve a multitude of purposes — the final end being to help humans merge with our software and keep pace with artificial intelligences so we don’t get left in the dust.
Initially, these enhancements will likely assist in smaller ways, such as helping us improve our memories by creating additional, removable storage components.
Notably, this is not the first that we have heard of Musk working on such a device. Previously, he mentioned a device called the “neural lace.” He explained how he imagined it would work at the 2016 Code Conference, which you can see below: