Musk unveils Neuralink: On Friday, Billionaire Entrepreneur Elon Musk’s Neuralink revealed a pig that has a coin-sized computer in its brain for two months. He demonstrated it as an early step toward curing human diseases with the same type of implant.
San Francisco based Neuralink, co-founded by Elon Musk, aims to implant wireless brain-computer interfaces that include thousands of electrodes in complex human organs to help cure neurological conditions like Alzheimer’s, dementia, and spinal cord injuries and ultimately want to fuse humankind with artificial intelligence.
On a webcast, Musk said that an implantable device can solve all these problems on Friday mentioning conditions like memory loss, hearing loss, depression, and insomnia.
Musk said that Friday’s event’s aim was to recruit people. He stated that we don’t want to raise money instead we are trying to convince great people to come work at Neuralink.
Musk has a history of bringing diverse experts to create new innovations and accelerate the development whether it’s in the field of academic labs including rocket, hyperloop, or electronic vehicles through companies like Tesla Inc and SpaceX.
Neuralink has received total funding of $158 million in which Musk invested $100 million. Neuralink employs roughly 100 staff members according to Neuralink.
In July 2019, During a presentation in Neuralink, Musk said that its company aims to get regulatory permission of implanting its device in human trials by the end of this year. Musk, himself frequently warns about artificial intelligence said that this implant will secure humanity’s future as relative to civilization artificial intelligence.
Musk described the Neuralink’s chip or sensor which is almost eight millimeters in diameter or smaller than a fingerprint as a Fitbit in your skull with tiny wires.
Musk said, with the help of a trained robot, flexible threads or small wires tiny than your hair are implanted in your brain, in the areas which are responsible for sensory and motor function while you are given local anesthesia while implanting the device. The device is removable.
Neuroscience experts said that Neuralink’s aim to read and stimulate brain activities is feasible but the company timeline is over-ambitious.
Graeme Moffat, University of Toronto neuroscience research fellow said everyone in the field will be very impressed if they actually show data from the device implanted.
Small devices that electronically stimulates nerves and brain areas to treat hearing loss has been planted in humans for decades.
But scientists still face many problems regarding preventing the tissue around an implant from tearing and developing machine learning algorithms to interpret brain signals.