The Atlantic recently opined that tech billionaire and Tesla CEO Elon Musk has “a predilection for grandeur.” This is probably a fair appraisal of a man who launched an electric sports car into solar orbit, complete with a mannequin driver in a spacesuit and “Space Oddity” by David Bowie blaring on the stereo.
After changing the world with Tesla and SpaceX, Musk is jumping into the world of with brain-machine interfaces (BMIs) by launching Neuralink. After working on the project for two years, he officially announced Neuralink to the world through a global live-stream on Tuesday, July 16.
Neuralink announced that it is developing a neurological implant device that will enable people to control computer devices with their thoughts. If successful, this technology will certainly have implications and applications that are both complex and widespread. Most immediately, Neuralink BMIs hold great promise for the treatment of neurological disorders and the rebuilding of sensory function and motor response.