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Elon Musk says Neuralink will help cure autism and schizophrenia

CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, as well asthe famous popularizer of science, Elon Musk, is engaged not only in space exploration and electric vehicles. He has no less breathtaking projects. One of them is a neural interface called Neuralink, which we already wrote about on the pages of our portal. Recently, however, Mr. Musk made a very interesting statement about the new development. It turns out that Neuralink will help humanity fight autism, schizophrenia and other diseases of the brain.

Neuralink project looks more interesting

How Neuralink Helps Fight Brain Diseases

The latest issue of the podcast “Artificialintelligence ”with Lex Friedman, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX were asked about the most exciting effects he expects to get from Neuralink. Let us briefly recall that the goal of the Neuralink project is to develop a chip with support for artificial intelligence, which can be implanted in the human brain to record brain activity and, potentially, to stimulate it. If you are interested in this topic, we recommend subscribing to our news channel. Similar news from the world of high technologies and not only there regularly appear. But back to Ilona. To the host’s question, he answered the following:

Regarding Neuralink, I think that at first hewill help in the fight against a number of diseases and solve many problems associated with the work of the brain. It can be anything, for example, autism, schizophrenia, memory loss. After all, as we know, a large number of people at a certain age experience memory loss. Parents cannot remember their children, names and the like.

This is a very commendable statement and I want to believethat Elon Musk and his company will succeed. However, almost immediately after the release of the podcast, Musk was criticized. And she came from a rather unexpected side. Namely, from the National Autistic Society of Great Britain (NAS).

Autism is not a disease or illness and is notcan be cured. Often, people feel that autism is a fundamental aspect of their identity, NAS officials said. The World Health Organization does not describe autism as a disease, but as a personality disorder.

Illustration of what Neuralink can be

Most likely, Elon Musk was simply mistaken inwording. But if you want, you can personally read the interview via this link and draw conclusions yourself. We will return to other important aspects that were voiced during the conversation.

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Elon Musk also said that the new technologycan be used to treat neurological diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson’s disease, and Neuralink can also be used to correct “critical damage to the brain or spinal cord”. Like various injuries after an injury or stroke. However, the ultimate goal of Ilon Mask is the unification of human consciousness with artificial intelligence. He believes that we will not be able to cope with the "digital superintelligence." And since we cannot become smarter than a supercomputer, it is better not to “fight, but to join it.” Do you agree with the popularizer of science in this matter? Express your opinion in the comments and in our chat in Telegram.