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AI-Human Brain Fusion? Elon Musk’s ‘Neural Lace’ Brain Hack is Sci-Fi Turned to Reality

Sep 14, 2016 04:49 AM EDT
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As Stephen Hawking has predicted, artificially intelligent machines will inevitably take over the world. But humans have found a way to prevent an invasion -- that is to beat AI's at their own game.

This is what SpaceX CEO Elon Musk's concept is all about: an interface that will link the human brain with artificial intelligence.

Dubbed "neural lace," the hypothetical device will be a computer interface woven into the human brain. The device would enable humans to access Google by just thinking about it or store back-up information from a person's mind in case he or she physically dies.

It could also transmit signals to a smartphone, so instead of typing words, you can just "think" the messages out. People would also no longer need to move a muscle to flip a switch; the device will communicate with neurons through electrochemical stimulation.

In June, Musk discussed the possibility of such a device at the Code Conference in California and took to Twitter to share to the world his idea of creating a device that would help mankind "achieve symbiosis with machines."


Once the stuff of science fiction novels could be a disturbing reality in the near future. In fact, Musk had already hinted in a Tweet that they are "making progress" with the device. The SpaceX and Tesla CEO is certain about A.I. outsmarting humans someday, so instead of waiting for that to happen, he thought of a way that will allow humans to keep pace -- or "team up"- - with intelligent machines so as not to be left behind.

The neural lace is a step closer to creating a new generation of "transhumanists," IFL Science reports. According to HuffingtonPost, transhumanists are those who endeavor to overcome human mortality through A.I.s, life extensions, biohacking and robotics among others.

A few scientists and organizations are already starting to develop their versions of the neural lace device. A team of scientists at Harvard University recently published a paper about a "lace-like electronic mesh" that could be injected into the brain. The U.S. military's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is also working on an electrical interface that will allow the brain to communicate with computers.

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