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Bryan Johnson wants to put a chip in your brain

Johnson is No. 83 on the Recode 100.

Rani Molla is a senior correspondent at Vox and has been focusing her reporting on the future of work. She has covered business and technology for more than a decade — often in charts — including at Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal.

Kernel CEO Bryan Johnson invested $100 million of his own money to put a chip in your brain. His team of neuroscientists and engineers at Kernel not only want to use technology to restore brain activity in the case of neural diseases, they also want to make the human brain better.

Like a computer, he sees the brain as something that could be hacked to make it smarter: Telepathic communication, elimination of cognitive biases and the ability to download skills, Matrix-style.

Earlier this year, the former founder of payments company Braintree spoke at our Code conference, where he made some of these claims seem near at hand: “With advancements in micro-electronics, machine learning and material science, we now have the tools to make attempts at these breakthroughs.”

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