Elon Musk is embarking on two new ambitious professional goals to achieve next in his already illustrious career: establishing a permanent human colony on Mars and creating a technology that links human brains with artificial intelligence (AI). The latter dream has the potential to change humanity the most here on Earth, as the billionaire businessman is working on releasing his brain-to-computer interface, Neuralink.
Musk is focusing his work at Neuralink on its potential to offer more independence to the lives of people living with severe paralysis by allowing them to control robotic arms. The SpaceX entrepreneur is also working on creating entire exoskeletons, which would change the way that the entire world communicates, learns and has sex.
Dr. Stuart Meloy developed a device in 2001 that was dubbed The Orgasmatron that would aid in the way that Neuralink allows its users to experience and enjoy sex. Dr. Meloy is just one researcher who has explored the idea of stimulating the brain’s pleasure centers directly with AI, which would allow people to achieve maximum pleasurable sensation without drugs or alcohol.
The Orgasmatron was originally designed as a pain management system, but it eventually changed purpose. Dr. Meloy was testing the device on a female patient when it accidentally gave her an orgasm. Her pleasure came after the doctor connected the electrodes of his pain management system to the right spot on her spine.
As Dr. Meloy was discussing the discovery of the technology’s alternative use, he noted: “I was placing the electrodes (on the patient) and suddenly (she) started exclaiming emphatically. I asked her what was up and she said, ‘You’re going to have to teach my husband to do that’.”
The discovery in the technology’s potential new use can lead to a radical new take on the traditional vibrator. However, Dr. Meloy said he would have needed over six million dollars for the testing required to bring the Orgamatron to market sooner, and “that’s money I don’t have right now,” he said.
But for Musk, money isn’t a problem. So Neuralink could easily offer the orgasm on demand that Meloy’s technology promises.
Musk has said his company hopes to start implanting its chips in humans this year, two years later than he’d originally promised. In 2020, Neuralink showed the system working in a pig named Gertrude during a live demo.
The Tesla entrepreneur went on to say in December: “Neuralink’s working well in monkeys and we’re actually doing just a lot of testing and just confirming that it’s very safe and reliable and the Neuralink device can be removed safely. We hope to have this in our first humans next year.”