Artificial Intelligence and cyborg have become the face of the recent technological advancements. AI is not a sci-fi thing anymore because it is made practical in reality. Adding on to this, Elon Musk is doing his research to come up with a way to kickstart the new level of transhumanism which is referred to as neural lace.
A “neural lace,” is a mesh of electronics that will allow AI and the brain to work together. This enables human brains to keep up with future enhancements in AI. Elon Musk has revealed about the possibility of such a device at the Code Conference held in California.
The concept of “neural lace” was first thought up by Iain M. Banks in his Culture novels. In these novels, Banks refers to a “neural lace” as a mesh-like device. Which would be implanted in a person directly through the bloodstream, controlling the release of certain neurons using the power of thought.
Musk’s version of the neural lace does not share the same functionality as that of Banks. Though Musk’s lace seems to be a mesh nevertheless, that would allow such AI to work symbiotically with the human brain. Signals will be picked up and transmitted wirelessly, but without any interference of natural neurological processes. Essentially, making it a digital brain upgrade. This would lead the human kind to a time where we could send emails and write texts just using our thoughts.
It is no wonder that at this stage where we have not actualized the concept of “neural lace,” it all sounds like a distant dream. However, it is ought to become a reality so soon. We may, at least, already have the mesh part locked down. Nanotechnology experts have already developed an ultra-fine mesh of electronics that can seamlessly merge with the brain. This mesh has been tested on mice. Mr. Musk has hinted at announcing some developments in the area very soon.