Elon Musk is known for his wild ideas. When he first announced that he was going to create banking on the internet, which was considered the Wild Wild West in the late 90s, people thought he might be crazy. People were absolutely sure he was crazy when he later decided he was going to build reusable rockets and eventually send people to Mars.
Then Paypal happened and SpaceX. We really shouldn’t be surprised by Musk anymore, but earlier this year when he announced the creation of a new company called Neuralink, it sounded, well, a little unbelievable.
The gist of Neuralink is to implant tiny devices in the brain to create a brain-to-machine interface. Musk even suggested in an interview with the site Wait But Why that people may one day be able to transmit ideas directly to each other without speech or text. Essentially, turning us all into telepaths!
Is it possible? Musk has accomplished enough that we cannot afford to dismiss his grandiose scheme. However, in order for neuralinks to even be possible, flexible circuit boards and other computer components would have to advance considerably to meet Musk’s timeline. Still, we aren’t counting him out. Too many of his “crazy ideas” are now our everyday reality!