The project is in the early stages of development, and Neuralink itself is not even fully formed yet. According to The Wall Street Journal, the company was legally registered as a medical research and its headquarters is located in California.
It is known that the implants developed at Neuralink will have to become an intermediate link between programs and the brain - and therefore, allow people to control electronic devices directly, without resorting to traditional input devices like a keyboard, mouse or touch screens.
Musk has indirectly mentioned plans to develop neural interfaces in the past six months. In particular, speaking at the World Government Summit in Dubai in mid-February, the businessman said that, in his opinion, "over time, the connection between the biological intelligence of people and artificial intelligence will become closer and closer."
There are no computers like those proposed by Musk in the world yet. The closest analogues are medical implants, which scientists, in exceptional cases, install in patients suffering from serious brain disorders. Such an operation is very risky, therefore, it is resorted to only if traditional methods of treatment do not work. There are no more than tens of thousands of people even with the simplest artificial stimulants in their skulls.
Nevertheless, the topic of neural interfaces is gaining popularity in Silicon Valley. For example, startup Kernel, founded by Braintree founder Brian Johnson, is working on an implantable device in the brain that could theoretically repair degraded brain tissue and treat Alzheimer's disease. In addition, the implant should significantly increase the mental capacity of the person.>