Neuralink and Elon Musk's Adventures in Brain Hacking Explained (Maybe)

Elon Musk's low-key company Neuralink will livestream an event tonight.
Rebecca Warren
Brain activity scanSource: akesak/iStock

The sci-fi fantasies (some may say nightmares) of 20th-century novelists and Hollywood movies may be one step closer with this afternoon’s much anticipated livestream event from Neuralink, the most low-key company in eccentric innovator and engineer Elon Musk’s portfolio.

Neuralink has the ambitious—and perhaps unnerving—goal of “developing ultra high bandwidth brain-machine interfaces to connect humans and computers.”


The company has been holding their cards close to their chest, saying only of Tuesday’s event in San Francisco that it would be "a bit about what we've been working on the last two years."

Musk has been vocal about his lack of trust in the future of AI, and Neuralink is the billionaire’s attempt to give humans an edge against the rising capabilities of machine learning and artificial intelligence.

Musk has a track record of bringing novel ideas to harness technology and create engineering breakthroughs in the physical world, with his electric car company Tesla and his space transportation company SpaceX.

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This will be Musk’s first foray into the nebulous, and infinitely more mysterious, internal world of human beings. 

The event will be live-streamed from San Francisco today at 8pm PT, and details can be found on the company’s website shortly before the event is set to begin, according to the Neuralink Twitter account.

A recording of the livestream can be seen above.

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