Neuralink, the device research and development company that allows the brain to directly interact with the power of computers founded by Elon Musk, ignites ambitions “symbiotic with artificial intelligence” in the past few years. They once again went to the paper with the announcement of experimental equipment of advanced technology; and Musk opens the paragraph video With this test affirming the purpose of this experiment: not to advertise or raise money, but to continue recruiting talent.
“We don’t want to get any investment or anything else, it’s just to convince talented people to work for Neuralink, and help build new equipment – make it cheap enough, reliable enough for anyone. You can also buy immediately“, Said the billionaire.
Next, Musk explained: Nearly everyone will have neurological problems, including memory loss, anxiety, brain injury, depression and a long list of other things. Of course, there is no clear evidence that it is possible to solve that list with just a quick and easy way, so it cannot be said that this is the ultimate goal of Neuralink.
The goal was ambitious and attracted eyes from both ethical and medical aspects, but the new technology introduced wasn’t that complicated. Musk emphasized that the design of the device has changed: smaller, and will fit under the hair when completing the installation of the chip into the skull. Musk also has a visual example of what he says.
Compare old and new designs.
In the barn located in the area where the meeting took place were 3 pigs: one normal one, one (named “Gertrude”) fitted with a Neuralink device called “Link”, the third was installed. device but was then removed. The pig that was once linked with Link in his head still has a normal, even healthy appearance.
Next, Musk introduced a display device showing the motion graph accompanied by a small signaling sound whenever Link discovered Gertrude interacted with things around him, in order to find food.
“Talking about the device, it has the ability to read / write on any one of 1024 channels, the battery lasts one day and can be fully charged in the night, it has a quite long connection distance so waves can reach electricity. your cell phone okay“, Musk said. “I have to emphasize that this is an important point, because the device will link to your phone, so that the application is on the phone, and basically the Link is the device in your head, transmitting the signal. through a low-energy Bluetooth link“.
Musk ended the launch by asserting that they were working with the US Food and Drug Administration FDA and received about the major decisions back in July. Currently, Neuralink “Preparing to test the device installed on humans, waiting for approval and more safety tests.“.
The device in the demo is only capable of reading, that is, receiving signals from the pig’s brain. The aim of the Neuralink will be both read and write, an ability to solve the neurological problems outlined above. Musk also emphasized the reason why he shows that the pig with the chip removed is healthy, is because the device is very safe to disassemble, for the purpose of future hardware updates. He wants production costs to be within “thousand dollars”.
Musk nicknamed this small device “Fitbit is embedded in the skull with tiny electrical wires“. He also suggested that Tesla owners could then summon their vehicles with their thoughts, in addition to the ability to use the brain to interact with the game interface, such as having full control over the StarCraft game. Musk also talked about the ability to store and rewind memories, adding that life is increasingly like an episode of Black Mirror in a real setting, but only praises the filmmakers to correctly predict a part of the future. species. At the end of the presentation, Musk even talked about the possibility of inserting memories into a robotic body.
The early trials weren’t flashy, but very realistic: the chip would be implanted into the skulls of people with leg paralysis and quadriplegia, caused by a spinal nerve injury. Original purpose: to find out the effectiveness and safety of technology directly invading the brain.
You can watch the event video here.
Refer to Techcrunch