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All Power To Pigs: Musk Unveils Brain Hack

SAN FRANCISCO: The moral of the Three Little Pigs is that hard work and dedication pay off – and that’s certainly the case when it comes to tech entrepreneur Elon Musk.

In the past Musk has raised eyebrows by investing in projects that have, to some, appeared eccentric, but paid off, such as electric vehicles, space travel and solar power.

This time it’s Neuralink, which has unveiled a pig called Gertrude with a coin-sized computer chip in her brain. Two other porcine subjects have also received the transplant. The enterprise is part of Musk’s ambitious plan to create a working brain-to-machine interface.

Neuralink has applied to launch human trials but no start date has yet been announced.

According to Musk, the Neuralink interface could allow people to control phones or computers with their mind, and he hopes the device will eventually help cure conditions such as dementia, Parkinson’s disease and spinal cord injuries. But it won’t make pigs fly.

Musk says he’s developing the device to usher in an age of what he calls “superhuman cognition”, to combat artificial intelligence which he believes is so powerful it could destroy the human race.

Perhaps Musk should read Animal Farm before he takes the experiment further.

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