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Elon Musk’s latest target: Brain-computer interfaces

By on March 28, 2017

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, file photo, Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors Inc., talks about the Model X car at the company's headquarters in Fremont, Calif. Tech billionaire Elon Musk is announcing a new venture called Neuralink focused on linking brains to computers. The company plans to develop brain implants that can treat neural disorders and may one day be powerful enough to put humanity on a more even footing with future superintelligent computers, according to a Wall Street Journal report. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

In this 2015 photo, Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors Inc., talks about the Model X car at the company’s headquarters in Fremont, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

NEW YORK – Tech billionaire Elon Musk is announcing a new venture called Neuralink focused on linking brains to computers.

The company plans to develop brain implants that can treat neural disorders and may one day be powerful enough to put humanity on a more even footing with future superintelligent computers, according to a Wall Street Journal report citing unnamed sources.

Musk has long worried about the threat artificial intelligence might pose to the human race. In a tweet Tuesday, he gave few details beyond confirming Neuralink’s name and tersely noting the “existential risk” in not pursuing this work.

Musk founded the space exploration company SpaceX and co-founded the electric car company Tesla , among other ventures. He is also one of the sponsors of Open A.I., a nonprofit artificial intelligence research company.

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