Mar 29, 2017 11:13 AM EDT
Tesla chief executive Elon Musk has launched a start-up company that develops technology connecting human brains to computers. Neuralink, the start-up, is in its very early stages and registered as a medical research firm according to the Wall Street Journal.
The idea of Elon Musk in creating Neuralink is to improve memory or give humans added artificial intelligence. This could be achieved by developing neural lace technology that would implant tiny electrodes into the brain. Specialists in the field have already signed up to work at the company that is privately funded by Elon Musk. They have long visioned for a time in the future wherein humans will be able to upload and download thoughts, thus, the interest in Neuralink.
Elon Musk confirmed the existence of Neuralink through a tweet posted on Tuesday to which he adds more detail will be revealed next week via WaitButWhy - a website that illustrates tedious posts accompanied with crude but charming stick drawings. Earlier in a conference this year, the Tesla CEO outlined his fears that involve the fast advances in Artificial Intelligence. This means that humans will either have to merge with AI or become completely irrelevant.
"We are, all of us, already cyborgs," he said at the Beneficial AI conference. "You have a machine extension of yourself in the form of your phone and your computer and all your applications...by far you have more power, more capability than the president of the United States had 30 years ago." Elon Musk adds that humans are left because of output bandwidth constraints. This can be solved by adding a high bandwidth interface to the brain cortex to communicate with computers.
Elon Musk explains his vision of a tertiary layer interacting in a way that the motor cortex sends signals to the limbs. Meanwhile, Silicon Valley's visionary is also involved with heading SpaceX - a space exploration company. Elon Musk also leads projects, including one that reinvents transport called as Hyperloop, investigating the feasibility of boring tunnels under Los Angeles and a new one to power Australia.
People who travel for business two weeks or more a month report more symptoms of anxiety and depression and are more likely to smoke, be sedentary and report trouble sleeping than those who travel one to six nights a month, according to a latest study conducted by researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and City University of New York.
President Trump said Friday he is declaring a national emergency on the southern border, tapping into executive powers in a bid to divert billions toward construction of a wall even as he plans to sign a funding package that includes just $1.4 billion for border security.
Amazon's decision to abandon plans to build a new campus in Long Island City, Queens, has drawn cheers from several politicians, community organizers and other locals opposed to the expansion.
One of the hottest topics at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland has been Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's proposed 70% marginal tax rate on all income above $10 million.
In recent decades, Europe has experienced a downward trend in the annual number of deaths. Not only was this trend not arrested by the economic recession that started in 2008, in fact, the rate of decline increased during the recession years.
Discovering that your new designer handbag or gold watch is a fake is costly and annoying, and counterfeit medical devices or drugs could have even more serious consequences. But seemingly as soon as manufacturers develop a new method to ensure product authenticity, counterfeiters find a way to outsmart it. Now, researchers have created an "unclonable" tag that can never be replicated, even by the manufacturer. They report their results in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces.
The traditional model for setting auto insurance premiums has been to base rates on the motorist's driving history, age, gender and even marital status (in some states). Thanks to new technological options, insurance companies, and motorists have started to work together to give the insurance companies access to better data on an individual driver's risk level, and give the same driver a sense of greater control over how much he or she will pay in insurance premiums.
Consumer brands have long used old-fashioned focus groups, interviews and surveys to best gauge consumer wants, desires and needs as part of processes that range from product development, to marketing and sales. As machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) have emerged, there is an increasing interest in the ability to harness these solutions to save time and money, and to yield more reliable consumer insights.