03/28/2017 12:23 EDT

Elon Musk's Neuralink Aims To Merge Human Brains With Computers

NEW YORK — Tech billionaire Elon Musk is announcing a new venture called Neuralink focused on linking brains to computers.

The company plans to develop brain implants that can treat neural disorders and may one day be powerful enough to put humanity on a more even footing with future superintelligent computers, according to a Wall Street Journal report citing unnamed sources.

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Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, founder of Tesla and SpaceX, has launched Neuralink, which will explore how to connect human brains to computers. (Photo: The Associated Press)

Musk has long worried about the threat artificial intelligence might pose to the human race. In a tweet Tuesday, he gave few details beyond confirming Neuralink's name and tersely noting the "existential risk'' in not pursuing this work.

Musk founded the space exploration company SpaceX and co-founded the electric car company Tesla, among other ventures. He is also one of the sponsors of Open A.I., a non-profit artificial intelligence research company.

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