In his latest post on Wait But Why, Tim Urban explains everything you need to know about Elon Musk's latest venture, Neuralink, a company that wants to built implantable brain–computer interfaces. Tim starts you off by explaining the evolution of the brain, to what little we understand of the brain, all the way to what Elon is planning, using nothing more than stick figures and an incredible sense of humour. This is a very lengthy read but as all of Tim's post, well worth the time invested. I was left with the feeling that Neuralink's plan is brilliant, I just hope it won't be used for evil.
The budding industry of brain-machine interfaces is the seed of a revolution that will change just about everything. But in many ways, the brain-interface future isn’t really a new thing that’s happening. If you take a step back, it looks more like the next big chapter in a trend that’s been going on for a long time. Language took forever to turn into writing, which then took forever to turn into printing, and that’s where things were when George Washington was around. Then came electricity and the pace picked up. Telephone. Radio. Television. Computers. And just like that, everyone’s homes became magical. Then phones became cordless. Then mobile. Computers went from being devices for work and games to windows into a digital world we all became a part of. Then phones and computers merged into an everything device that brought the magic out of our homes and put it into our hands. And on our wrists. We’re now in the early stages of a virtual and augmented reality revolution that will wrap the magic around our eyes and ears and bring our whole being into the digital world.
You don’t need to be a futurist to see where this is going.
Magic has worked its way from industrial facilities to our homes to our hands and soon it’ll be around our heads. And then it’ll take the next natural step. The magic is heading into our brains.
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