Elon Musk became the CEO of a startup company called Neuralink two years ago, and he began operating it with only one aim: to find a way to merge the human brain with a computer.
Even though it might sound like just another Black Mirror episode, the tech businessman announced that the technology his company has been working on could even begin human trials next year.
The company was launched in 2017, and it managed to raise over $158 million to develop their “ultra-high bandwidth brain-machine interfaces to connect humans and computers”.
Elon Musk and the Neuralink team introduced the technology on July 16, just two years after the company was founded.
Neuralink created a robot surgeon that drills 8mm holes into a human skull and puts in electrodes, avoiding harming any blood vessels.
The electrodes are called the “threads”, and they are similar size as a neuron.
The threads will be attached to a small chip that will be connected to your phone.
So, it’s basically a Bluetooth connection between your head and your phone.
The company currently aims to help people with brain and spinal cord injuries or congenital defects. The long term goal, however, is to do full brain-machine interfaces where we can achieve a sort of symbiosis with AI.
Watch the livestream of the launch event presented by Elon Musk below, and see how people reacted in the comments.
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