Elon Musk’ Neutralink receives $27 million through fundraising to build brain computers
Source : NewsBharatiDate : 06-Sep-2017
Washington, 6 September: We often watch Marvel movies wherein we love the actor connecting his brain to the computer. What if this happens soon in the near future? Amazing, right? Well, Elon Musk is one of the firsts to execute this brilliant idea in real life. He wants to connect the brain directly to a computer, and investors are ready to make that science fiction a reality. Musk’s startup Neutralink has raised $27 million of a technically still-open funding round that could grow to $100 million.
Musk said via Twitter on Friday that Neutralink isn’t seeking any investors. Musk, 46, is the chief executive officer of Tesla Inc. and Space Exploration Technologies Corp. and has several other pet projects, including a venture to bore tunnels for roads or tube-based transportation systems known as the hyperloop, and another project for the responsible development of artificial intelligence.
Musk first revealed about Neutralink in March, discussing the need of brain-to-machine interface that would allow the human mind to keep up with fast-improving artificial intelligence. Neuralink could potentially help people overcome chronic conditions like epilepsy. It could also one day allow people to communicate brain to brain, instead of having to compress ideas into words, transmit them through speech or writing and then have a recipient decompress the words into thoughts in their own mind.
The interface could require surgical implants unless a less-invasive connection to the brain is developed. Other companies like Facebook are also working on less ambitious forms of brain-to-computer connection that could allow people to type with their mind or “brain click” on something without a manual input device.