Elon Musk’s Neuralink has started looking for a clinical trial director, moving the company one step closer to building technology that can directly connect the human mind to machines. Neuralink aims to create a brain-computer interface that will allow people to wirelessly transmit and receive information between their brain and a computer. For example, a paralyzed person with a Neurlink chip implanted in their brain may control a mouse and keyboard without moving their limbs. Information might also be sent in an opposite manner, allowing the brain to simulate touch. Musk was asked what Neuralink expected to do in 2022 during a live-streamed conversation at The Wall Street Journal CEO council summit on monday.
What is Neuralink?
Elon Musk established Neuralink in 2016 to develop a human-machine interface that would allow humans to connect directly with computers. People who get a chip implanted in their brains can manage the device only with their brains, regardless of their physical deformities. According to Neuralink, the device has micron-scale threads connected to parts of the brain that control movement. These threads deliver messages to those brain areas, directing them to perform specific functions. According to the business, this brain interface can assist a neurological injury or sickness patients.
How does the Neuralink chip work?
It is a tiny chip that is surgically placed in the brain of a person. It is made up of several tiny wires, each of which is said to be 20 times thinner than a human hair. These wires reach into the brain and are supplied with 1,024 electrodes to monitor and electrically stimulate brain activity. The registered data can also be wirelessly communicated via the chip to computers, which researchers can use for further research.
What Neuralink chip will do?
According to reports, the chip may detect your thoughts and even allow you to communicate with machines without opening your mouth. The chip is believed to allow individuals to control basic gadgets such as smartphones and PCs.
Before putting technology into a human, we want to be incredibly careful and assured that it will work well, Musk said during a long-awaited public update on the device. The company has worked on this technology for a long time and tried it on animals.
The Neuralink chip was recently transplanted successfully in the brains of a monkey and a pig. The company announced today that it expects to start human testing of a brain chip within the next six months. We expect that in about six months, we should be capable to put a Neuralink in a human, Musk said during the event.
The most modern technology developed by the company can heal paralysis, blindness, memory loss, and other neurological diseases. It is said to enable superhuman vision or allow people to communicate with machines.
Can this chip be removed? Is it safe?
The business stated earlier this year that it has completed multiple successful efforts and is safe to implant in someone’s brain to heal ailments. Even though it is still in its early stages, Neuralink is the only general-purpose BCI firm. Other firms have concentrated their efforts on the brain, the eye, and the spinal cord. Meanwhile, Neuralink is hoping to achieve all.