Mark Zuckerberg is putting up $50 million dollars into ‘neural recording’, a creepy-sounding technique to fight some of the deadliest diseases in the world.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is funding the development of technology with the potential to read humans’ minds.
This cash will be distributed by the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub, an organisation which aims to “enable doctors to cure, prevent or manage all diseases during our children’s lifetime”.
One of the researchers who will receive funding is Dr. Rikky Muller, CEO and founder of a firm called Cortera. The money will be spent on a number of projects, including one called Cortera Neurotechnologies, which works to produce “clinically viable and minimally invasive neural interfaces” for patients suffering with incurable neurological disabilities.
Dr. Muller hopes that recording brain activity will allow paralyzed people to control prosthetic limbs.
Her implants can be placed inside the brain and have the potential to change people’s behaviour by altering their “physiological responses” – the term for reactions which take place in response to external stimuli. One famous physiological response is the fight or flight response, which readies people for conflict or escape when confronted with a threat. They work by monitoring the electrical signals sent within the brain.
Muller is developing new wireless microsystems that directly interface with the brain for long-term, minimally-invasive neurological recording.Her broad goal is to engineer novel implants that can simultaneously sense and alter physiological responses to enable drug delivery and the treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders.
One project funded by Zuck’s research group involve the “monitoring and manipulation of neural circuits”. Another is working to develop 3D imaging technology which can probe the “deep structures of the brain” and is “essential for unravelling neural activity”.
However, similar technologies could one day be used to directly record human thoughts and allow artificial intelligence to read our minds.
Instead of simply mimicking the human brain structurally, AI will be able to impart human-like intelligence to machines.
“One day, I believe we’ll be able to send full rich thoughts to each other directly using technology,” Zuckerberg said. “You’ll just be able to think of something and your friends will immediately be able to experience it too, if you’d like.”
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