Elon Musk’s Brain-Interface Technology Could Begin Human Test In 2022
Neuralink, A brain-interface technology company, cofounded by the controversial billionaire engineer Elon Musk in 2016, is developing a brain chip that would be implanted in people’s brains that will simultaneously record and stimulate brain activity. This Microchip will be used to link neurons in the human brain to any kind of computing device, in order to record and stimulate cerebral activity. It’s intended to treat people with serious spinal-cord injuries and neurological disorders. the microchip would allow people with to communicate their thoughts via computers and mobile devices. Musk has stated that Neuralink, hopes to start implanting its microchips in human beings in 2022.
During his live-streamed interview at The Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council Summit, Musk was asked what are Neuralink plans for 2022. He stated that: “Neuralink’s working well in monkeys and we’re actually doing just a lot of testing and just confirming that it’s very safe and reliable and the Neuralink device can be removed safely. We hope to have this in our first humans — which will be people that have severe spinal cord injuries like tetraplegics, quadriplegics — next year, pending FDA approval. I think we have a chance of being able to allow someone who cannot walk or use their arms be able to walk again – but not naturally.”
During a showcase in August of 2020, Neuralink showed a coin-sized device that was described as the latest prototype. Musk described the device like a Fitbit for the skull with tiny wires. If successful Neurallink’s microchip will make our si-fi fantasy will come true. However Musk isn’t the only one making advancement in brain-Interface technology. According to researchers from Stanford University, A breakthrough in brain-computer interface (BCI) has allowed a man with paralysed hands to type 90 characters a minute just by thinking about the words, making him the world’s fastest mind-typist using that brain-reading technology.
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