Elon Musk is the tech visionary of our age. He is known for his space exploration company – Space X, Electrical car manufacturing – Tesla, tunnel/ loop transportation – The Boring Company and the 2017 founded, Neuralink – a neuro-technology company which aims at implanting micro chips into human brains.
A Sci-fi fiction it sounds, Brain Machine Interfaces(BMI) started with Hans Berger’s discovery of the electrical activity of the human brain in 1924. Later, research on BMI’s started in 1970 at University of California. A BMI is a direct communication pathway between an enhanced or wired brain and an external device. It allows for direct bidirectional information flow.
Neuralink plans to implant electrodes into the brains on people with paralysis by next year. A goal to create assistive technology to help people who cant move or are unable to communicate. The electrodes will be attached to a tiny wire, hair-like, and implanted very close to the brain neurons. You can then record the electrical activity it generates & send it to a computer. Record enough of these signals & it becomes possible to control computers & robots simply by thinking about moving. But this comes with a lot of challenges, albeit fascinating.
The electrodes will be connected to tiny blue-tooth enabled chips to enhance brain capabilities. This will help repair motor functions in people with injuries i.e stroke victims.But we are also looking at a future probably, of scrolling our smart phones with our thoughts. The increased electrical activity in the brain will also increase cognitive abilities and possibly telepathy.
In a presentation done on 16th July 2019, Musk stated, ” we can effectively have the option to merge with AI. All this will occur i think quite slowly. Its not as if Neuralink will suddenly have this incredible neural lace & take over peoples brains. It will take a long time.”
The Brain Machine Interfaces could be truly transformative as they help more people overcome limitations caused by injuries and diseases in the brain and the body. Neuralink is now taking this technology forward, that too at a fast rate.
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