NEURALINK

NEURALINK

One day you could have a superhuman version, play your favorite album in your head and download your brain to a computer or even to another body. Though it may sound like an episode of your favorite science fiction show.

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Elon Musk and his team at the neural tech startup at Neuralink believe that their electronic brain-computer interface could make this possible.

Described as Fitbit at your skull with tiny wires, the small and easy to install brain-computer interface could be used to expand the capabilities of humans.

Changing the way we interact with technology and treat neural and mobility issues. Yet the goals of the company speak to a potential problem in the future artificial intelligence.

Musk has been very vocal about his fear of artificial intelligence believing artificial intelligence could one day overshadow the humans’ race.

Musk’s inevitable transhumanist goal of augmenting intelligence and abilities may be necessary if we are to compete with advanced artificial intelligence.

However, Neuralink’s team still has a long way to go before the emergency of AI-human hybrids. The tech company still has a lot of bureaucratic ethical and technological hurdles to cross.

If Musk’s company accomplishes half of what they claim we could see the emergence of one of the most significant technologies in human history.

HOW NEURALINK WORKS

But how does it works? Neura-link is a technology that can help humans interact with machines using their brains. The company eventual aim is to further develop a brain-computer interface to the point where one can be installed in a doctor’s office.

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Let’s say you opted in to go in for a Neuralink procedure, What would that look like? Neuralink wants to make the installation of your brain-computer interface painless and quick, as easy as LASEK surgery.

DESIGN

The design has changed significantly and now resembles a small coin around 8mm in diameter, which houses electrodes that are about 1/20th the thickness of a strand of human hair.

HOW TO INSTALL?

To install the Neuralink, a tiny piece of skull is removed and the Neuralink is slotted in to sit flush in the skull.

Since this process needs to be extremely precise the Neutalink team has created a robot specifically for this procedure.

The entire process could take less than an hour while you are under partial anesthesia. Installing the device will only leave a tiny scar and include all the sensors one would expect in a smartwatch.

Once installed the device will be able to send and receive electrical signals through your brain and use these to control machines.

In its early stages, it could allow control of basic devices like a computer and other smart devices.

WORKING OF HUMAN BRAIN

But how? Your brain sends information to different parts of your body using neurons. Neurons in your brain connect to form a network and communicate using chemical signals called neurotransmitters.

This reaction generates an electrical field by placing electrodes nearby you can record these reactions. The electrodes translate these signals into an algorithm that a computer can read.

BENEFITS OF HAVING A NEURALINK

Down the road, Elon Musk claims that the device could be used to operate robots, cure paralysis, treat mantel illness, stream music directly into the wearer’s brain, and extend the range of hearing beyond normal frequencies.

Just like Neo in the Matrix, you would be able to download skills into your brain.

You can even possibly summon your Tesla telepathically.

DEMONSTRATION

On 28th August 2020, Neuralink demonstrated the device installed in a pig. The wildly anticipated demo shows that a living animal can function normally after having one implanted and then removed.

Musk has announced that Neuralink received Breakthrough Device Designation from the FDA in July 2020. This is a major step towards eventually mass-producing Neuralink devices.

Who knows? Maybe Neuralink will allow us to achieve a symbiosis with artificial intelligence.

Would you get a Neuralink implanted?

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