Neuralink could make human language obsolete in 10 years, Musk said

Hyperaxion May 17, 2020

American businessman Elon Musk said in an interview that the technology he is working on, Neuralink, can make human language obsolete in 5 to 10 years.

In an interview with the podcast “The Joe Rogan Experience”, Elon Musk, founder and CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, predicted that his new neurotechnology company, Neuralink, could make human language obsolete.

Neuralink could make human language obsolete in 10 years
Neuralink plans to hook your brain up to a computer. Pictured is a concept image showing what the implant could look like. (Credit: Neuralink).

Musk said he hopes the company will be able to connect a Neuralink device to a human brain for the first time next year. The chip, which is powered by battery, will be implanted in the skull and its electrodes inserted “very carefully” in the brain.

The company wants to develop a device that connects people’s brains to a computer to treat brain injuries and trauma, using small wires implanted directly into the relevant parts of the brain.

While first-generation devices focus on helping to treat brain injuries and disorders, Musk said that later versions are likely to be able to do much more.

According to the technology entrepreneur, speaking is an inefficient method of data exchange and can be improved if we use Artificial Intelligence (AI). “Our brain spends a lot of effort compressing a complex concept into words and there’s a lot of loss of information that occurs when compressing a complex concept into words,” Musk said.

He added that it will take his company 5 to 10 years to develop sufficiently advanced technology that allows brain-to-brain communication.

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