Elon Musk finally took the wraps off his new brain microchip company that plans to connect people's brains to the internet by next year
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- Elon Musk is the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX.
- When he's not busy running those companies, he's also the CEO of Neuralink - a neurotechnology startup that plans to implant devices into human brains starting in 2020.
- For the first time on Tuesday night, Musk and colleagues unveiled Neuralink's plans for the future.
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Elon Musk is a busy man.
When he's not digging a tunnel underneath a major city to try and create a new form of transportation, or starting a major car manufacturer, or trying to move the human species to Mars, he's running a company that intends to implant computer chips into human beings.
That company is named Neuralink, and you're forgiven if you've never heard of it - since being announced in 2016, not much has been said about the San Francisco-based startup. But an event on Tuesday evening starring Musk himself offered a deep look into what to expect from Musk's next huge venture.
Here's what we learned:
1. Neuralink has three stated goals: Treating brain disorders and helping people who had accidents, creating a brain-machine interface, and building toward a potential symbiosis with artificial intelligence. The first of those goals is the most realistic in the short-term.
2. The moonshot stuff isn't anywhere close to ready yet.
3. The end goal for Neuralink goes beyond brain-machine interface — Musk wants nothing less than "a sort of symbiosis with artificial intelligence."
Musk and colleagues at Neuralink went into far, far more detail about the company's plans for the future in a presentation on Tuesday night that you can watch right here:
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