The human brain could be the next networking component if plans to build a brain-computer interface come to fruition.
The idea has been promulgated by Elon Musk, the South African-born founder of PayPal, Tesla and SpaceX, who also imagined the Hyperloop mass transport system.
The new venture, which could be launched as early as this week, is Neuralink.
The idea behind Neuralink would be to create devices that could be implanted in the human brain, eventually helping people to merge with software.
Musk has promised more information on Neuralink soon.
He appears to believe that humans will soon be overtaken by machines, and technologies like this will help people to keep up.
“Difficult to dedicate the time, but existential risk is too high not to,” he recently tweeted about the project.
Musk is on record on saying he believes we will see a closer merger of biological intelligence and digital intelligence – a process he calls “neural lace”.
The dangers of artificial intelligence threatening human existence appear to the real to Musk, who has spoken on the subject frequently.