Ready to "jack in"?

I always wanted to adjust the lights by thinking about it...

Elon Musk wants to hook your brain directly up to computers — starting next year

Elon Musk, the futurist billionaire behind SpaceX and Tesla, outlined his plans to connect humans' brains directly to computers on Tuesday night, describing a campaign to create "symbiosis with artificial intelligence." He said the first prototype could be implanted in a person by the end of next year.

Arriving at that goal "will take a long time," Musk said in a presentation at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, noting that securing federal approval for implanted neural devices is difficult. But testing on animals is already underway, and "a monkey has been able to control the computer with his brain," he said.

The biggest technical hurdle is bandwidth, Musk said, meaning the tools humans use to interface with computers, like current hardware systems and smartphones.

Srsly? Bandwidth?

Monkeys? Humans? Why didn't he start with Alligators?

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WoodsDweller's picture

I was born ready!
Has anyone read the Otherland series by Tad Williams? Published 1996-2001. It takes place in the 2080s, mostly in virtual reality. Poor people get to VR using headsets and sensor gloves (today's approach), the wealthy "jack in" directly with a spinal implant.
Shared VR. Everyone can be a trillionaire, be a wizard, be an Egyptian god, be a serial killer. Who needs to screw up reality with a plywood McMansion and an SUV, when you can have literally anything in VR?
Jack me in, hook me up to an IV, and leave me in my tank for the rest of my life.

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Dhyerwolf's picture

@WoodsDweller If only that library world (from book 3?) was real.

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thanatokephaloides's picture

I'm doubtful about this "jacking-in" business.

Among other concerns, I don't want some server knowing when I want to jack off....

Wink

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"I say enough! If Israel wants to be the only superpower in the Middle East then they can put their own asses on the line and do it themselves. I want to continue to eat."
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I'd try to have my brain interface with a computer.

Besides, the name is HAW, not HAL.

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detroitmechworks's picture

And you know what they say... once you lose that cooldown on your spells, you never feel quite right again.

(This is a joke that may not translate generations well.)

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I do not pretend I know what I do not know.

gulfgal98's picture

People are actually getting computer chips implanted in them according to this 2016 CBS News report.

This is a oligarch's wet dream.

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Pricknick's picture

Is be the first at everything he envisions.
First to completely trust a car on full autopilot.
First to go to mars.
First to have a brain implant that controls computers.
First to take a leap through a rolling donut.
He's proof positive that the higher the IQ the likelier you are to be dangerously psychotic.

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Regardless of the path in life I chose, I realize it's always forward, never straight.

Shahryar's picture

who happens to have a lot of money somehow.

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Pricknick's picture

@Shahryar
There's no somehow. We're all paying him.

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Regardless of the path in life I chose, I realize it's always forward, never straight.