AGENCIES, New York: US entrepreneur Elon Musk besides Tesla EVs and SpaceX has other scientific interests. His latest fixation is on building a device that could offer human brain-machine interface like a computer which can interact and communicate with a brain.
Musk has dedicated resources for such a probability and the set-up is called Neuralink. Founded in 2016, Neuralink is a neuroscience technology company focused on building brain-machine interface with super-thin thread-like implants that carry electrodes.
Neuralink’s short-term goal is to build a device that can help people with specific neurological conditions.
On Friday, Musk gave a demonstration of how the interface could work. While the development is still in its early stages according to Musk, the presentation highlighted an improved version of the tiny electrode threads passed through the skull and into the brain. The device was planted in healthy pigs and Musk said prior to the event he would “show neurons firing in real-time. The matrix in the matrix.”
A brain-machine interface is technology that allows for a device, like a computer, to interact and communicate with a brain. Neuralink, in particular, aims to build an incredibly powerful brain-machine interface, a device with the power to handle lots of data that can be inserted in a relatively simple surgery. Its short-term goal is to build a device that can help people with specific health conditions.
At the demonstration event, Musk showed off several pigs that had prototypes of the neural links implanted in their head, and machinery that was tracking those pigs’ brain activity in real time.
Musk also emphasised the wide variety of spinal and neurological conditions — including seizures, paralysis, brain damage, and depression — that Neuralink technology could help treat.
The billionaire also announced that the US Food and Drug Administration had awarded the company a breakthrough device authorization, which can help expedite research on a medical device.
Neuralink, in particular, aims to build an incredibly powerful brain-machine interface, a device with the power to handle lots of data that can be inserted in a relatively simple surgery. Its short-term goal is to build a device that can help people with specific health conditions.
“These can all be solved with an implantable neural link,” said Musk. “The neurons are like wiring, and you kind of need an electronic thing to solve an electronic problem.”