The next generation of AI will augment our brains

When Elon Musk is not driving the expansion of intergalactic colonial footprint through SpaceX or exploring ways to wean ourselves off of fossil fuels, he is building a brain-computer interface venture called Neuralink. 

The company is creating devices that can be implanted in the human brain with the aspirational hope to help humans merge with software and keep pace with the advancements of artificial intelligence. Musk is once again pioneering the exploration of tech innovation – progress called “neural lace”, which is a sci-fi shorthand for a brain-computer interface humans can use to improve themselves.

Image result for neuralinkThe aspiration is very positive – could help improve memory and allow for more direct interfacing with computing devices. Forget Google Glass, iWatches or Oculus Rift – our ability to connect with digital ecosystems will be embedded in our brains, arms, legs, abdomen.

Why It’s Hot: 

  • Closer step to merging biological intelligence and digital intelligence will help accelerate the speed of the connection between our brains and digital outputs of who we are – emails, texts, likes, web searches, online purchases, etc.
  • Bigger leap on medical innovation – ameliorating the effects of Parkinson’s, epilepsy, and other neurodegenerative diseases through electrodes and other implants.

Why It might be COLD: 

  • it is incredibly dangerous and invasive to operate on the human brain and only those who have exhausted every other medical option choose to undergo neuro-related surgeries. it’s always a last resort -would the risk be worth it?