The famous and controversial innovator Elon Mask has made headlines yet again after he announced that his neurotechnology company, Neuralink, plans to implant tiny devices into human brains by 2020.
Musk’s announcement came via a live stream, while the New York Times reports that he invested $100 million into Neuralink since its formation in 2016.
Musk reportedly hopes the device will help to achieve “symbiosis with artificial intelligence”.The device, known as a brain-machine interface, is a small chip that would be inserted into the brains of willing individuals.
Using tiny flexible threads of electrodes that would be inserted into the brain, the chip would be capable of stimulating the brain’s neurons. Musk described the procedure as being similar to LASIK eye surgery, safe and painless.
The news has raised eyebrows in scientific circles, with media reports describing the project as resembling science fiction, as well as being over-ambitious.