Musk’s description “is really an aspirational vision for something very far down the line,” one expert said.
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A bold vision by tech entrepreneur Elon Musk to mesh human brains with artificial intelligence remains more science fiction than reality. Even as Musk claimed his Neuralink startup had enabled a monkey to control a computer with its brain, experts were quick to dampen expectations of a futuristic scenario from "The Matrix" films, based on people with cybernetic implants.Musk this week revealed his Neuralink startup was making progress on its brain-computer interface effort, and said the company hoped to begin testing on people next year.Musk, founder of the automaker Tesla and the private space firm SpaceX, has long contended that a neural lace meshing minds with machines is vital if humans are to avoid being outpaced by artificial intelligence. Musk said the goal was to make adding the brain-enhancing implants as easy a procedure as laser eye surgery.For now, Musk is bringing energy and private investment to a brain implant area that researchers have been working on for decades with government funding.
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