Elon Musk’s Neuralink is planning on inserting electrodes in brains to help people who are paralyzed use robotic prosthetics.
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Elon Musk’s Neuralink presentation in July 2019 discussed what the company has been up to. Neuralink is developing a brain-machine interface, or BMI, that would be implanted into patients who are paralyzed to help them control their electronics and use robotic limbs. Musk and Neuralink even envision a future where people who are able-bodied also have BMIs that will allow them to communicate with artificial intelligence more efficiently.
But BMIs are nothing new, they’ve been around for more than a decade. In the past, BMIs have used an array of stiff needles with electrodes to detect neural activity, but Neuralink’s brain implant is a bit different.
Neuralink’s implants would use flexible threads—thin, cellophane-like filaments containing electrodes—which would measure between 4 to 6 micrometers in width and would allow a higher volume of data to be transferred. Neuralink’s implants will be more difficult to insert but could be less invasive and damaging.
But Neuralink’s goals don’t stop at these implants, Musk and the company also hope to replace the physical drill that is needed to pierce the skull to access the brain, with lasers.
Is Musk’s goal to make the human relationship with AI a symbiotic one possible? Or is he looking at such a big picture he’s painting off-canvas?
Learn more about what Neuralink and Musk have been up to on this episode of Elements.
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