As the world is transitioning quickly towards artificial intelligence, technologists are making a serious statement for humans for the coming era. That the humans must become ‘cyborgs’ if they want to stay relevant in a near future dominated by full of machines and artificial intelligence. As one hundred years from now, human biology will have merged with synthetic biology to make something “other” than human, artificial intelligence will have become another form of life, and gene editing will be like as easy as the click of a button.

With the high success rate of achieving artificial intelligence in different fields from medical to mechanics and lot more, the tech gurus are now working to incorporate biological intelligence or real intelligence with the digital intelligence to build something futuristic. They are working to create a combo of interface backed by real brain intelligence with artificial computing intelligence.

Till now, there has not been any official venture or project fully incorporated with this dual intelligence system, but there is a lot of work being going on to build something truly amazing. As the tech-scientists are determined and striving to create devices that can be implanted in the brain, with the eventual purpose of helping human beings to merge with software and keep pace with advancements in artificial intelligence. These advancements surely promises to improve memory and allow for more direct interfacing with computer intelligence.

While still there are lot of hurdles involved in developing this highly scientific artificial system and the challenge in it is literally immense. As Neuroscience researchers have said that they have very limited understanding now about how the neurons in the brains communicate, and for that reason the methods for collecting data on those neurons is complex and rudimentary.

But recently, a group of scientists and engineers who were working on the nanotechnology (a branch of science focused on building machines on sub atomic levels) published a document about an ‘ultra-fine mesh’ that can merge into the brain to create what appears to be a seamless interface between machine and biological human intelligence.

Moreover, they have simulated this design into a device called ‘mesh electronics’, and this device was so thin and supple that it can be injected with a needle. But what’s really amazing is that they have already tested it on a mice, which survived the implantation and is actively thriving on deliberated programmed artificial intelligence. The scientists described that it has number of uses, like monitoring brain activity and even enhancing brain capabilities.

Whereas recently, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk have also launched its new venture called ‘Neuralink’ specifically dedicated to build the combo of biological-artificial intelligence integrated machines. He is backing this new brain-computer interface venture with an idea of co-existing real and digital intelligence to mark new dawn in the AI world. Musk encompasses the idea that in the age of AI technology, humans threatens to be useless, so there is a strong need for humans to merge with machines in order to stay relevant in the future.

According to Musk, the humans must augment their capabilities through a merger of biological and machine intelligence. He further backs his stance of launching ‘Neuralink’ for the next age of artificial intelligence with a compelling theory that, with sufficient knowledge of the neural activity in the brain it will be possible to create ‘neuroprosthetics’ that could allow us to communicate complex ideas telepathically or give us additional cognitive and sensory abilities. Musk says he’s working on an injectable mesh-like ‘neural lace’ that fits on your brain to give it digital computing capabilities. This involves decoding brain signals from the surface of the skull and then translating those signals into a motion command for robots or on any AI augmented machine.

So despite of all these initial advancements and little accomplishments in AI technology, we are still a long way from these ultra-futuristic ideas and vision of symbiosis between men and machine completely. As it requires a much more in-depth and granular understanding of the brain network that goes beyond the imagination and calculation of complex cognitive structures. Surely studying brain network completely would be the first part to achieve any major goal in this, but like as we know our brain is said to be the most complicated structure in the world for all the right reasons, hence it wouldn’t be easy to extract out any major result any time soon.

 

 

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