Musk firm eyes $136m to build brain machines

Geronimo Vena
Agosto 28, 2017

Neuralink, which was founded by the billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, aims to develop ways of linking human brains with computers, to beat diseases such as cancer and to develop telepathic communication.

The San Francisco-based firm has already got US$27 million in funding, according to a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

Mr Musk, the co-founder of the electric auto Tesla, has raised $27 million from investors but until now details of Neuralink's goals were kept secret. A spokesman didn't respond to questions about the source of the funds. He has several other pet projects, including a venture to bore tunnels for roads or tube-based transportation systems known as the hyperloop, and another project for the responsible development of artificial intelligence.

In June, Mr Musk said Neuralink is a priority after more demanding commitments to his automotive and rocket companies.

Musk started Neuralink to link the human brain with computers by creating micron-sized devices to be surgically implanted into the brain. It is recruiting engineers and scientists to join the effort.

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