One of Elon Musk's more ambitious projects—which is saying something—is a startup to link human brains with computers. The company is called Neuralink, and its purpose is to make humans smarter by augmenting their brains with computing capabilities.
Recently, the Wall Street Journal reported that with plans to raise a total of $100 million. This information comes from a public SEC filing, which also states the company has gathered 12 investors since August 15.
Musk , saying that the filing "was misinterpreted by [the WSJ] as a fundraising effort," and that "Neuralink is not seeking investors." When asked why the form states $27 million was raised from 12 investors, Musk responded with a poop emoji.
The goal of Neuralink is to use technology to allow the brain to interface with computers. Musk calls this technology 'neural lace,' although it's still mostly hypothetical. There have been experiments where people can learn to control robotic arms or type with their brains, but Musk wants to take the technology much further.
In Musk's plan, neural lace wouldn't just be used to control a robotic arm or a cursor, but could instead send information to or from a computer. Humans could use connected computers to help them think better or faster, allowing them to keep up with advances in artificial intelligence—at least theoretically.
If Musk does succeed, a fully connected brain-computer interface would still take many years, and there's always the real possibility that the technology is unfeasible. Neural lace is incredibly nascent technology, and it's amazing the company managed to get 12 investors at all. Still, if anyone can do it, it's Elon Musk.