Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX announced on Wednesday that he might soon have an update about “neural lace.” It is a never-before-seen concept that was brought up by Musk at Vox Media’s Code Conference in June. By next month, human brains could be one step closer to achieving “symbiosis with machines.”
What Is A Neural Lace?
A neural lace is an electronic mesh that fits the brain like a glove and had the ability to expand with it. According to Gizmodo, it is a wireless brain-computer interface. Such a lace also enables one to release selective chemicals inside a brain in correspondence with certain thoughts.
A group of chemists and engineers, who expertise in the field of nanotechnology, has published a thesis in “Nature Nanotechnology,” which elaborates further on the function of this mesh. The device itself can be injected inside animal’s skull through a needle, reported Gizmodo.
It has already been experimented on mice and the technology seems to be working so far. The mesh fitted around the brains of the mice, is physically connected to the computer through a wire. However, the scientists have predicted that the device might become wireless in the future.
Uses Of Neural Lace
Apart from monitoring brain activity, the mesh can also be used to enhance brain-function. However, its main use in the future is to stimulate and treat people with neurological illnesses like the Parkinson’s. The project has widespread support from all fields of life, including the U.S. military, which has taken a keen interest in “performance enhancement” of cells.
Musk mentioned that neural lace would give humans an even playing field to counter artificial intelligence. The only other alternative, according to Musk, is to become a “house cat” to the ultimate technology. “I don’t love the idea of being a house cat, but what’s the solution? I think one of the solutions that seems maybe the best is to add an AI layer. A third, digital layer that could work well and symbiotically,” said Musk, reported Business Insider.
@elonmusk What abour neural lace? Announcement soon?
— Revol Devoleb (@BelovedRevol) January 25, 2017
@BelovedRevol Maybe next month
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 25, 2017