Elon Musk’s AI-meets-human-brain company Neuralink will have some sort of announcement on August 28.
The CEO himself announced it on Twitter, without giving any other details.
Progress update August 28
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 9, 2020
“If you can’t beat em, join em,” he tweeted, saying that’s Neuralink’s “mission statement.”
Neuralink last had an event a year ago in San Francisco. The company didn’t have anything resembling a product yet, but it did share its progress on inserting electrodes into monkey and human brains. You can watch the recorded live stream from that event below.
It’s worth noting that the company’s official Twitter account hasn’t tweeted at all since that event, and there’s no official announcement of any sort now.
Neuralink, which was founded in 2017, has a mission to create “ultra high bandwidth brain-machine interfaces to connect humans and computers,” though this obviously won’t happen in the very near future. The idea is to first create an implant that could help people with certain brain injuries, such as a stroke or cancer lesion, and then evolve the technology so that it can become useable to people with no disabilities — Musk himself said this is about a decade away. Eventually, the tech should allow people to fully meld their brains with artificial intelligence, which sounds scary, but Musk thinks it’s unavoidable.