What a time to be alive. SpaceX and Tesla CEO, Elon Musk is currently working on a brand new device which can change the way we use our brain.

Neuralink, still in its early stages of development, is a brain-computer interface whose purpose is to help humans (us, until further notice) to merge biological and artificial intelligence, thus allowing for a better use of our capacities but also -- the creepiest part -- a better integration with software and other computing devices.

"Over time I think we will probably see a closer merger of biological intelligence and digital intelligence," Musk recently told a crowd in Dubai. "It's mostly about the bandwidth, the speed of the connection between your brain and the digital version of yourself, particularly output." Back in January he had told a fan on Twitter that an announcement regarding "neural lace" should be imminent.

However, enhancing one's brain capacities and turning us all into super-intelligent humans is not the sole goal of Neuralink: the device can be revolutionary in several medical fields, notably the ones related to Parkinson's, epilepsy, and other neurodegenerative diseases: "We know if we put a chip in the brain and release electrical signals, that we can ameliorate symptoms of Parkinson's," says Bryan Johnson, the co-founder of a start-up called Kernel which is also working on cognition-enhancing research. "This has been done for spinal cord pain, obesity, anorexia… what hasn’t been done is the reading and writing of neural code."

However, multiple ethics-related issues can occur, especially the ones related to "playing God", i.e., messing with one's genetics. Canadian neuroscientist Blake Richards points out that "people are only going to be amenable to the idea [of an implant] if they have a very serious medical condition they might get help with," which signals the way Neurolink should follow on its experimental stage. It's nevertheless fascinating how far we've come in terms of genetics reprogramming, which can ultimately lead us to discover more about one's predisposition to certain conditions, cancer being one of the main ones.