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Neuralink: Elon Musk Future Vision

One day, you could have super human vision, play your favorite albums in your head and download your brain to a computer. Though this may sound like an episode of your favorite science fiction shown. Elon Musk and his team at neural tech started Neuralink with the belief that their electronic brain computer interfaces could make this possible.

Described as a Fitbit in your skull with tiny wires, the small, 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.

Musk has been very vocal about his fear of AI. Believing Artificial Intelligence could one day overshadow the human race. Musk’s inevitable transhumanist goal of augmenting intelligence and abilities may be necessary if we are to compete with advanced Artificial Intelligence; however, the Neuralinks team still has a long way to go before the emergence of Artificial Intelligence human hybrids. The tech company still has a lot of bureaucratic, ethical and technological hurdles to cross. If musk’s companies accomplish half of what they claim. We could see the emergence of one of the most significant technologies in human history.

How does it work?

Simply put, Neuralink is a technology that can help humans interact with machines using their brains. The company’s eventual aim is to further develop brain computer interfaces to the point where one can be installed in a doctor’s office. Let’s say you opted in to go 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 any Surgery. The design has changed significantly and now resembles a small coin around 8mm in diameter which houses electrodes that are about 1/20 th thickness of a strand of hair. To install the Neuralink a tiny piece of skull is removed and the Neuralink is slotted in to sit flush with the skull. Since this process needs to be extremely precise, the Neuralink 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 senses, one would expect in a smart watch, once installed the device will be able to send and receive electrical signals through your brain and use these to controls machines. In its early stages, it could allow control of basic devices like a computer and other smart devices.

But How?

Your brain sends information to different parts of your body using neurons. Neurons in your brain connect each other to form a network and communicate using chemical signals called neurotransmitters. This reaction generates an electric field. By placing electrodes nearby, you can record these reactions. The electrodes translate these signals into an algorithm that a computer can read down the road. Elon Musk claims that the device could be used to operate robots, cure paralysis, treat mental illness, to stream music directly into the wearer’s brain and extend the distance of hearing beyond normal frequencies, just like neo in the matrix you would be able to download ability into your brain.

Neuralink implementation on pig

Neurolink demonstrated the device installation in a pig; the wildly anticipated demo showed that a living animal can function normally after having one implemented 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?”

“Isn’t this hilarious? Would you get a Neuralink implant? Please comment below. “

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