Billionaire Elon Musk Hopes to Merge Human Brains With Computers

The SpaceX, Tesla, and PayPal entrepreneur's latest company is Neuralink

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The chasm between humans and computers may soon be narrowing if billionaire futurist Elon Musk has anything to say about it.

The innovator, entrepreneur, and tech guru launched a new medical research company late last year called Neuralink aimed at connecting the human brain to connect through a physical interface, according to a report this week in the Wall Street Journal.

The technology his company is developing is called "neural lace," which may sound like it belongs on a Victoria's Secret shelf but actually involves implanting electrodes into the brain, allowing one to upload and download their thoughts to a computer. In addition to helping humans communicate with computers, this could permit people to "achieve higher levels of cognitive function," according to Business Insider's characterization of the report.

Musk teased forthcoming Neuralink updates on Monday via Twitter:

As mind-blowing as this development may sound to some, the King of All Media all but predicted the human-computer melding on Monday's Stern Show during his conversation with "Ghost in the Shell" star Scarlett Johansson.

Howard revealed he has been obsessed with mind swap, a.k.a. putting the human brain in a robot body, since he was a kid. "This is where we're headed," he told the actress.

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