High tech entrepreneur Elon Musk–who has given us PayPal, Tesla, the Hyperloop, and SpaceX–is also the founder of Neuralink, which seeks to connect human brains directly to computers. He has announced plans to begin implanting computer chips into human brains as early as next year.
Musk believes that a brain/computer interface can treat brain disorders, but his bigger agenda is to solve what he thinks is the threat of Artificial Intelligence, which he worries has the potential of taking over the world and eradicating its human makers. He is pursuing technology that he hopes will allow human beings to merge with the post-singularity deity that Artificial Intelligence will become, once it attains consciousness and transcends human capabilities. In the nearer term, Musk also believes that a computer chip implanted in the brain will lead to “superhuman intelligence.” He also has hopes that such a merger of mind and machine will lead to immortality.