Some Thoughts on Neuralink

I’ve been meaning to write an article closely inspecting Neuralink and its technology for a while. After their new presentation (video embed below if you have a couple hours to spare) a few weeks ago, this seems like a good time for a detailed essay.General OverviewNeuralink’s overall goal is to build devices, eventually fit for mass consumers, that increase the amount of bandwidth between computers and the brain. The ultimate goal is for humans to “merge with artificial intelligence.” Many intermediate goals such as “curing depression/paralysis/every other neurological disorder” are also often mentioned (usually by Elon).Elon is evidently not heavily involved with Neuralink, and I generally don’t take much he says about the tech very seriously. He is mostly just a glorified cheerleader for the company, and I have yet to see much from him that indicates his knowledge of the brain is much deeper than what he might read in popsci and scifi, unfortunately.This is certainly no surprise, as Elon is already very busy with his work at Tesla, SpaceX, and Twitter, not to mention his other side projects like the Boring Company. If I listen to an interview with Elon talking about SpaceX and all the complex tradeoffs…

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Some Thoughts on Neuralink

Updated: December 26, 2022 — 9:26 am