What to expect from Neuralink, a company making up around 3% of Elon Musk’s time
Tesla and SpaceX’s CEO, Elon Musk, is not shy about his fear of artificial intelligence. Earlier in March, he has decided to direct those worries into countering the dangers of AI by launching Neuralink, a medical research company that aims to connect human brains with computers through creating brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) or ”neural lace.’‘But before attempting to make that arguable connection, Neuralink will work on producing a product to help people with severe brain injuries in the upcoming four years. However, according to Musk, the company is not acquiring more than ”3-5 percent” of his time.
Musk reassured his shareholders in Tesla’s annual meeting saying ”The Boring Company is [consuming] maybe two percent of my time. Neuralink 3-5 percent. Open AI, another couple percent.”
A new survey by Oxford and Yale University concluded that AI may outperform humans completely by 2060. An estimation that Musk has disagreed with on various occasions. Most recently, he tweeted ”Probably closer to 2030 to 2040 imo. 2060 would be a linear extrapolation, but progress is exponential.”
Probably closer to 2030 to 2040 imo. 2060 would be a linear extrapolation, but progress is exponential. https://t.co/e6gyOVcMZG
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 6, 2017
Musk is not the sole entrepreneur attempting BCIs, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerburg is also developing a way for users to ‘’type’’ by thought. According to Regina Dugan, head of Facebook’s Building 8 research group, the company aims to develop a device that allows people to type up to 100 words per minute.
On the contrary, renowned linguist, philosopher, and cognitive scientist, Noam Chomsky, disagrees with Musk’s Neuralink ambitions, as he told Inverse, ”Developing methods by which if I’m thinking of moving my hand, you might be able to pick up the electrical signals that say he’s trying to move his hand – That’s conceivable,” he said. ”[But] you can’t say that for something like memory and thought,” he added.