Putting human consciousness into computers has long been a pipe dream for science fiction writers and nerds alike. With the idea being the closest thing to practical eternal life for years now, one has to wonder just how Elon Musk’s startup Neuralink plans to make this fantasy into reality without an entire science fiction universe’s amount of funding, but it quickly has.
Neuralink accrued roughly $27 million in funding after it announced plans to sell $100 million in stocks to fund the development of such fantastical tech.
Musk, also the founder of the other cutting-edge technology companies SpaceX and Tesla Inc., has several other pet projects in the work. And if the man having a multimillion-dollar tech company whose sole task is to create the technological answer to eternal life doesn’t make him the real-life version of Tony Stark, I don’t know what will. But I bet if we challenge him on that he might just make a functional iron man suit in a cave in about a month.
“Boring Co. is maybe 2 percent of my time; Neuralink is 3 percent to 5 percent of my time; OpenAI is going to be a couple of percent; and then 90-plus percent is divided between SpaceX and Tesla,” said Musk at Tesla Inc.’s annual shareholders meeting.
Few details are known about Neuralink. The company’s mostly empty website says that it is currently “developing ultra-high bandwidth brain-machine interfaces to connect humans and computers.” They’re also recruiting engineers and scientists to join the effort. “No neuroscience experience is required: Talent and drive matter far more. We expect most of our team to come from other areas and industries,” the website explains.
So a really scrappy bunch of scientists and engineers from various backgrounds are going to design the machine that allows people to upload consciousness onto the Internet and/or computers. I don’t know about any of you guys, but I’m certainly looking forward to that movie about five years from now.