Elon Musk once again made the public extremely curious and excited about a technology of Neurallink, the company was founded by the billionaire in 2016 to focus on developing brain-computer interface technologies.
On an Independent article, Elon Musk revealed that Neuralink is developing a chip that not only allows you to stream music directly into your brain, but it can also enhance the wearer’s hearing.
Accordingly, people wearing this chip into the brain can hear what ordinary people cannot hear, beyond the frequency and amplitude of sounds that the human ear can perceive.
What Neuralink is doing serves the uneasiness in the heart of Elon Musk, a man obsessed with AI tools and robots soon to overtake humans. If people don’t want to be left behind, people have to find ways to upgrade themselves before that happens.
The chip has a 256-channel (A) processor mounted on a titanium (C) housing and has a USB-C connector for power and data transmission.
Neuralink’s neural chip is a high-bandwidth brain-computer interface. It consists of an array with more than 3,000 electrodes distributed over 96 threads. The electrode array is placed outside the brain, with a USB-C port to download data.
It is then linked to the brain by “nerve sutures”. Data streams are essentially super thin wires that can be “stitched” directly onto the brain’s surface.
Tests of stitching the chip into mouse brains showed minimal levels of invasion and bleeding.
Neuralink develops high-precision laser-based neurosurgery robot hands ways to do this. The superficial robot arms look massive and heavy, but they can insert up to 6 threads with 192 electrodes into the brain’s surface every minute with an accuracy of up to millionths of a millimeter – something no doctor Neurosurgery is currently possible.
The neurosurgical robot arm was developed specifically by Neuralink for chip implants.
Electrodes and currents create a high-bandwidth brain-computer interface for transmitting external electrical signals into the brain. The principle is that if you can stimulate the right area of the brain with electrical signals similar to the electricity that neurons still use to communicate, then you can directly transmit information to the brain without through any senses.
Last month, Elon Musk said that users of this brain-computer interface could stream music directly from the internet or any device into the brain. This will help eliminate noise during audio transmission. Listeners will no longer be dependent on current amplifiers such as DACs, speakers and headphones to enjoy the highest quality music.
The signals are transmitted directly to the brain, not through the senses.
In addition, Neuralink’s neural chip has a lot of potential based on creating a brain-computer interface. For example, it can help restore mobility in people with spinal fractures, control hormones in the body, help people with neurological problems and brain disorders like Parkinson’s disease or depression. , concerned.
However, at the heart of the Neuralink project, the brain-computer interfaces they are developing all address an Elon Musk obsession. He feared that artificial intelligence technology and robots could soon surpass humans in the future.
These microscopic wires are “stitched” into the brain.
“I see that the smartest people right now haven’t seen AI, because they don’t mean that one day computers can be as smart as them.“, Elon Musk told the New York Times.
“This is a false arrogance. We are aiming for a future where AI will be much smarter than humans. And I think that time frame is less than five years from now.
Therefore, human upgrading is an important goal that the technology billionaire is aiming for. Through brain-computer interface chips, Neuralink wants to help users do what machines can.
A surgical micro needle is attaching a wire to the surface of the brain.
For example, having a chip connected to the part of the brain that is responsible for hearing can help us hear sounds outside the audible range of the human ear, currently in the 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz range.
A chip that connects to the visual brain could help us see wavelengths that were once invisible under human vision. Similarly, a chip connected to the brain region responsible for reasoning and thinking can help us think more quickly and accurately.
Through Neuralink and the technologies they are developing, Elon Musk shows his belief that humanity can overcome AI, but we have to do something, not sit still and wait to be defeated by artificial intelligence. , even wiped out in a theory called Singularity.