Does Neuralink, Elon Musk’s Brain Electrode Project Spell Hope for Autism?

Elon Musk, Chief executive officer at Tesla, has launched Neuralink, a first-of-its-kind start-up. The company aims to develop a technology that can connect a human brain to computers.

The report appeared in the Wall Street Journal, and was also confirmed by Mr. Musk through a tweet which said that the company is in its initial stages and is a “Medical Research” firm according to the company’s registrar.

elon musk's neuralink may not be the hope people with autism are after

The company plans to develop a technology called “Neural Lace” which would embed tiny electrodes into the brain.

This technique could be helpful for improving memory cells as well as bringing the power of artificial intelligence to humans. As per the Journal report, many academics in the field have signed up and have shown interest in working with the company, for which Mr. Musk is privately raising funds.

Specialists say that the day is not far when humans will be able to download or upload their thoughts. Mr. Musk further commented in a tweet confirming the existence of the company and assuring that he will release more details in a few days’ time.

Mr. Musk is one of the most visionary figures in Silicon Valley, and the upcoming venture has made him the busiest.

Apart from heading up the parent company, Tesla (the electric carmaker), Mr. Musk is also involved in running a space exploration company called SpaceX. The company SpaceX has a dedicated mission to reinvent the transport mission called HyperLoop, and as such has started conducting feasibility studies regarding the boring of tunnels underneath Los Angeles.

Tweeting about Neuralink, Mr Musk conceded that it will be

difficult to dedicate the time, but existential risk is too high not to

What does Neuralink mean for Autism?

While it may seem that Elon’s pet project could have the potential to transform the lives of families with Autism, the actual ramifications of this could be far from expected.

If Neuralink is successful in this beta prototypes and is able to go to market with this technology, human cognition and intelligence could essentially be driven by snippets of code and how they interact with your mind.

While individuals with Autism could definitely benefit from improved cognitive capabilities, their minds may not be fully adaptable to manage this technology.

Neurotypical individuals could potentially use discretion to override the electrode functioning. However, individuals with Autism on the other hand may fall victim to this technology and let their let their inherent brain functioning be taken over by code; eventually making them more humanoid.

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