Neuralink, Elon Musk's secretive startup dedicated to the development of brain-computer interfaces that could make it possible for people to communicate with computers using only their thoughts, is funding primate research at a California university, according to public records obtained by Gizmodo.
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Exactly one year ago, Elon Musk revealed that he'd co-founded a new startup, Neuralink, with the ambition of inventing a brain-computer interface or, as it was later called, a "wizard hat for the brain". These types of interfaces, in their current iterations, are mostly used to treat Parkinson's disease and other brain disorders, and the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency has poured $US65 million ($85 million) into this research. But the tech industry sees them as transformative devices that could potentially enable breakthroughs in silent, thought-to-text typing or even telepathy. Musk has been uncharacteristically quiet about his work at Neuralink, except to suggest in an April 2017 interview with Wait But Why that the company is interested in treating brain disorders and, within the next decade, enabling telepathy through neural implants.