Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said technology developed by neuralink, a research firm for brain-computer interfaces, will help treat many of the brain’s many problems, including autism and schizophrenia. “I think Neuralink will first address many brain-related disorders, such as autism, schizophrenia and memory loss,” Musk said in an interview. Everyone experiences memory loss at a certain age, parents may not be able to remember their children’s names, and so on. ”
It’s not clear what Musk meant by “Neuralink can treat autism,” which is not a disease, but a developmental disorder. The National Autistic Society (NAS) website states: “Autism is not a disease and cannot be ‘cured’. People often feel autistic, which is a basic characteristic. ”
Musk believes that humans will need to combine with machines to become a “semi-robot” to avoid being eliminated in the era of artificial intelligence. To that end, Musk set up neural ink, an artificial intelligence startup, in 2016 to study human-machine interfaces.
In July, Neuralink announced that it had developed a system that could implant thousands of electronic probes into the brain and that the technology could be tested in humans by 2020. Neuralink says the system has been used in animal experiments, where a monkey can use its brain to control a computer.
Musk said at the time that Neuralink’s initial goal was to help people deal with brain and spinal cord injuries or birth defects. The technology can help paraplegics who have lost their mobility or sensory ability due to spinal cord injury.