If Elon Musk hasn’t already given you great vibes as a master of evil technology, wait until you figure it out. Musk, who runs SpaceX and Tesla, has (predictably) picked up Twitter to talk about his latest venture: a microchip that allows users to stream music directly into their brains, which, of course, is perfectly fine.
In addition to looking like something out of Black Mirror, the chip, or “brain-computer interface,” is part of the startup Musk Neuralink, which was founded in 2016 but has remained largely out of the public eye until now.
Responding to computer scientist Austin Howard in a now-deleted tweet, Musk said the Elysian-style device will allow people to “listen to music straight from our chips” – like ears, but more expensive. He added that Neuralink “could help control hormone levels and use them to our advantage.” Whether this is actually possible has not yet been confirmed.
Speaking at the 2019 event, Musk said Neuralink was working on a sewing machine-like device that would provide a direct connection between a computer and a chip inserted into the brain. The process, which he likened to Lasik laser eye surgery, will involve a neurosurgical robot inserting flexible “wires” into the brain connected to a tiny implantable computer chip.
Sure, Musk’s idea, hijacking our brains isn’t the most comforting, especially given his unbridled past of pedophile calls of innocent people, starting Twitter spitting unicorn fart cups, and releasing a pair of red satin Tesla shorts and price them at £ 69,420 for lol. Also, maybe it’s all right and this is just an elaborate ploy to get us to listen to Grimes more – who knows?
Musk previously promised that further updates on Neuralink’s work will be announced on August 28. You can find out more about Neuralink by watching their 2019 launch presentation here.