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Neuralink, The Latest Elon Musk Passion

Elon Musk, boy genius, has transmitted from his fabulous volcano lair (or so I imagine) that he is interested in working on an interface to connect people with computers directly.

The following material is really all that's known; it also gives some insight into what Elon Musk thinks is valuable in people:

Neuralink is developing ultra high bandwidth brain-machine interfaces to connect humans and computers.

We are looking for exceptional engineers and scientists. No neuroscience experience is required: talent and drive matter far more. We expect most of our team to come from other areas and industries.

We are primarily looking for evidence of exceptional ability and a track record of building things that work.

All positions are full time and based in San Francisco.

The first time that I can remember of a really explicit use of this idea is the communications implant from Pournelle and Niven's Oath of Fealty:

"I used my implant to tell MILLIE [a mainframe computer] what we wanted and she took care of it," Art said.

"I see," Sir George's eyes focused on nothing for a moment.

Art said "Mac, have they made any progress on swinging an implant for you?"

"Think the city's got an extra million bucks?"

Sir George said sympathetically "Very useful gadget, but you can communicate with a computer about as well with a good briefcase console." Reed and Bonner looked knowingly at each other. It was a look that sighted men might give each other in the presence of the blind.

Incomparable science fiction writer Roger Zelazny also took a swing at this idea in his 1966 story The Dream Master; see the entry for the dream console. For the disconnected version, compare to the teep rod from Philip K Dick's 1969 classic Galactic Pot-Healer.

For all of Musk's forward-thinking imagination, he's not the first in the last decade or so to work on this idea; here are some other efforts in creating man-computer interfaces:

  - Rats Communicate Brain-to-Brain
  - Thoughts Become Words With Brain Implant
  - Real-Time Mind-Controlled Robotic Limbs Soon?
  - Synthetic Telepathy For US Military Borg-Style
  - Intel Developing Brain Chip Computer Interface
  - Building The World Wide Mind
  - Project Black Mirror Thought-Controlled iPhone
  - Brainput Finds Help For Your Brain
  - Wireless Brain-Computer Interface

Via Bloomberg and Neuralink.

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