What if we can download thoughts from our brains?

By VnExpress, Reuters   March 28, 2017 | 12:07 am PT
Sci-fi and reality collide this week as Elon Musk's new company reveals plans to merge computers with human brains.

Those scary scenes from "Black Mirror" or "Westworld" no longer seem too unrealistic today.

Tesla Inc founder and Chief Executive Elon Musk has launched a company called Neuralink Corp through which computers could merge with human brains, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

Neuralink is pursuing what Musk calls the "neural lace" technology, implanting tiny brain electrodes that may one day upload and download thoughts, the Journal reported.

Musk has not made an official announcement, but Neuralink was registered in California as a "medical research" company last July, and he plans on funding the company mostly by himself, a person briefed on the plans told the Journal.

It is unclear what sorts of products Neuralink might create, but people who have had discussions with the company describe a strategy similar to space launch company SpaceX and Tesla, the Journal report said.

In recent weeks, Neuralink has also hired leading academics in the field, the Journal reported.

Artificial intelligence has become a hot topic in recent years, with many excited about a future where the line between machines and humans blurs.

For now we don't need to worry much about the rise of the machines yet (let's blame "Terminator" or "Ex Machina" for those insane nightmares).

But if you want to see something insane, how about dinosaur robots as hotel receptionists?

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