One day you could have superhuman vision to play favorite albums in head and download your brain to computer or even to another body. This is may sound like an episode of favorite science fiction show.
Elon musk and his team at the neural tech start-up neuralink. Believe that their electronic brain-computer interfaces could make this possible described as a fitbit in your skull. This tiny wires the small easy to install brain-computer interface could be used to expand capabilities of human, 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.
Artificial intelligence Musk has been very vocal about his fear of artificial intelligence, believing AI could one day over shadow 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, Neuralink’s team still has a long way to go before the emergence of AI-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 significance technology is the human history.
But, 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 future develop brain-computer interface is to further develop brain-computer interface to the point where one can be installed in a doctor’s office. Let’s say you opted in to go in 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 LASEK surgery. The design has changed significantly and now resembles a small coin around 8mm in diameter which houses electrodes that are about 1/20th the thickness of a strand of hair.
To install the Nuralink the tiny piece of skull is removed and the Nuralink is slotted into sit flush with the skull. Since this process needs to be extremely precise the Nuralink team created a robot specially for this procedure the entire process could take less than an hour, while you are under partial anaesthesia install the device will only leave a tiny scar and include all the sensors.
One would expect in a smartwatch once installed the device will be able to send and receive electrical signals through your brain and use these to control machines in its early stages. It could allow to control of basic devices like a computer and other smart devices.
Your brain sends information to different parts of your body using neurons in your brain connect with each other to form a network and communicating using chemical signals called neurotransmitters. This reaction generates an electric field by placing electrons 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 range of hearing beyond normal frequencies. Just like Neo in the Matrix you will be able to download skill into your brain you could even possibly summon your Tesla telepathically.
In 2020 Neuralink demonstrated the device installation in a pig. The wildly anticipate demo shows that a living animal can function normally after having one implantation and then remove. Musk has announced that Neuralink received Breakthrough Device Designation from the FDA in july 2020. This is a major step towards eventually mass-production devices.
Maybe Neuralink will allow us to achieve a symbiosis with artificial intelligence.
Would you get a nuralink implant??