A new startup, Neuralink, is aiming to advance artificial intelligence hand-in-hand with human intelligence by developing technology to merge computers with the human brain through tiny implant electrodes.

The plan seems less far-fetched when you realize that the person behind Neuralink is Elon Musk, the founder of companies such as Tesla, which specializes in electric cars and SpaceX, a manufacturer of rockets and spacecrafts.

Mr. Musk is calling the brain implant ‘neural lace’, and in addition to possibly giving humans artificial intelligence, it may also be used to improve memory function. 

The company is in its early stages, but according to the Wall Street Journal, a number of top academics have already been hired. Mr. Musk tweeted on Tuesday that more information concerning his latest project will be released in ‘about a week’.

Directly uploading/downloading thoughts to a computer has increasingly become a topic of intrigue for neuroscientists in recent years