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Elon Musk's Neuralink Gets $27 Million To Build Brain Computers (bloomberg.com) 76

An anonymous reader writes: Neuralink, the startup co-founded by billionaire Elon Musk, has taken steps to sell as much as $100 million in stock to fund the development of technology that connects human brains with computers. The San Francisco-based company has already gotten $27 million in funding, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Musk said via Twitter on Friday that Neuralink isn't seeking outside investors. In June, Musk said Neuralink is a priority after much more demanding commitments to his automotive and rocket companies. "Boring Co. is maybe 2 percent of my time; Neuralink is 3 percent to 5 percent of my time; OpenAI is going to be a couple of percent; and then 90-plus percent is divided between SpaceX and Tesla," said Musk at the electric-car maker's annual shareholder meeting.
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Elon Musk's Neuralink Gets $27 Million To Build Brain Computers

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  • I thought they might have ditched the idea of building an interface that connects directly to your brain(avoiding slow ponderous hand motions of keyboards/mice) and just jumped straight in the brain computer.

    Whatever that is.

  • via the keyboard & mouse and monitor

    all joking aside, there is no way in hell am i going to allow ANY connections directly to my brain, they got to be crazy to go mucking around with connecting things directly to the brain like that
    • by mattr ( 78516 )

      Yes I can't imagine any software engineer who would willingly connect anything to your brain, poof you've been owned. Though you might be willing if you are a:
      - parapalegic physicist
      - fighter pilot (remember the movie Firefox? you have to think in Russian. https://www.youtube.com/watch?... [youtube.com] )
      - ???

    • For me, I have no brain. I would like a computer in my head. :P

  • For people that can't use your and you're correctly

    • by Rei ( 128717 )

      Can it apply to "lose" and "loose" as well?

    • Additionally to my numerous posts with tons of grammar/spelling mistakes in both English and Spanish (my mother tongue), I do intentionally write non-existing words like "unmotivatedly". My question for you and the other supporters/executioners in the comments below: will I also be electro-shocked or should I expect a more painful punishment? BTW, nice full stop at the end of the sentence over there.
      • Ups! Almost forgot about the non-serious tag for that post. Here you have it: ;) (+ extra help for individuals with extremely-poor-understanding skills: no, I am not afraid of being electro-shocked).
      • by Whibla ( 210729 )

        I do intentionally write non-existing words like "unmotivatedly".

        The other day I wrote the word "unprovable" in a post, and was puzzled at the red underlining. I checked elsewhere and apparently, while improvable was ok (though clearly meaning something completely different), "unprovable", up to that point, was not a word.

        Well, it is now!

        Moreover, like all the best new words its meaning is / was clear not just from the context in which it appeared but also by simply reading it.

        Language is not some fixed unchanging thing, forever set in stone. There are over a million wor

        • "unprovable" in a post, and was puzzled at the red underlining

          Automatic spell/grammar checks have surely become a very helpful tool to avoid problems on this front, but I also ignore their suggestions relatively often. I agree with you in languages being variable realities which should adapt to how people use them rather than the other way around.

        • While I agree with you, the language has not changed with regards to your and you're, it just seems too hard for a lot of people to type that extra 'e'.

      • Only for native speakers I'm afraid. You'll have to do a bad Spanish version if you want the same.

        • You'll have to do a bad Spanish version if you want the same.

          What about "malo eh de pedí peo má malo eh de rová"? Come on! Spare some electro-shocks! LOL

    • Yes that must be very problematic for people too stupid to work out the meaning of a sentence from the other words in it.
    • Reading your suggestion makes me think you're like the phone company making me hang up and dial a "1" or hang up and dial without the "1." If they're computers connected directly to the brains of these people whose usage is habitually improper, they can just ensure that the words that get out henceforth are correct and not bother with trying to train monkeys.
      • trying to train monkeys

        Describing someone as a monkey usually implies that this person has a somehow limited comprehension ability or isn't even able to perform complex, human-like thoughts/interactions. In programming, "code monkeys" are the ones who blindly copy-paste/type what is written somewhere else, without properly understanding and without a real knowledge; basically, what a monkey or another animal would do in case of being in front of a computer: repeating simple actions, not precisely for a too sensible reason (becaus

  • hypocrisy (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward

    Wasn't this motherfucker just in the news about banning some shit about "AI" so the skynet overloads wouldn't enslave us all, and now here he is building "Brain Computers."

  • You know, for a guy who's publicly terrified of AI and robotics taking over, he certainly is investing a crapload of cash into such ventures. I guess he really does want to sell the rope that's going to be used to hang him...
    • Elon Musk: "No, no, no! AI will doom us all (unless it's the AI in a self-driving Tesla Model X). Instead, we connect HUMAN brains to the machines! Yeah, that's the ticket. That way, a human will be in control of the deadly robots at all times (Unless it's a self-driving Tesla Model X)."

      "BTW: It doesn't matter anyway because we're all living in a simulation."
  • My god you can't get that boy to sit still can you.

    Someone tell me if he has a market-disrupting sex toy investment. He has to have one by now he has pursued just about everything else.

    • by Rei ( 128717 )

      To the point of parody. ;) [twitter.com]

      That said, Neuralink is not new. It just hasn't made the press as much. I definitely recommend the earlier-linked Waitbutwhy [waitbutwhy.com] article, which is based on interviews with people involved in Neuralink. It's a very long article, but very detailed and thought provoking.

      Neuralink is probably Musk's most ambitious project - the least likely to succeed, but with the most profound impacts on the future of humanity if it does.

  • Sorry, Slashdot, you're only worth 0.005 percent of my time.
  • From this article: “No neuroscience experience is required: talent and drive matter far more,” the company says on the site. “We expect most of our team to come from other areas and industries.” Eh...sounds like the bottleneck here will not be engineering machines, but getting them to produce meaningful changes in the brain at a neurological and psychological level. It doesn't matter how sophisticated your implants are if you don't have a way of reliably changing brain activity in

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