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Elon Musk's Neuralink is poised to start human trials as soon as 2020 but Musk cautions:

“It’s not going to be that suddenly Neuralink will have this incredible neural lace and start taking over people’s brains,” he said. “It will take a long time, and you’ll see it coming.”

“Getting FDA approval for implantable or devices of any kind is quite difficult, and this is going to be a slow process where we will gradually increase the issues that we solve,” Musk added.

This project highlights the high-minded futurist’s goals:

We didn’t make that up. Musk sees Neuralink’s real purpose as to help humanity survive the AI scenario that is coming:

“Even in a benign AI scenario, we will be left behind,” he said. “With a high-bandwidth, brain-machine interface, we can go along for the ride and have the option of merging with AI.”

When you look at these initiatives together you can see that it’s the Great Filter that ties Musk’s investments together. He is literally trying to save humanity. Pretty heavy topics for a Monday morning but certainly some good uses of Musk’s PayPal seed money.


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