Neuralink, The emerging company led by Elon Musk, founded by the multidisciplinary entrepreneur in 2017, is working on a "threaded" technique that says it can be implanted in human brains with far less impact on the surrounding brain tissue than what is currently used in brain interfaces between the computer today. "Most people do not realize that we can solve that with a chip," Musk said, starting with Neuralink, talking about some brain disorders and issues the company hopes to solve.
Musk also said that the long-term Neuralink Is really discovering a way to achieve "a kind of co-existence with artificial intelligence." "This is not a mandatory thing." "This is something you can choose if you want."
At the moment, the goal was medically and the plan is to use a robot Neuralink I created a fairly working "sewing machine" to implant these threads, which are incredibly thin (eg, between 4 and 6 microns, which means about a third of the diameter of the thinnest human hair), deep inside the person's brain tissue, Perform both read and write operations at a very high data size.
All of this seems incredibly elusive and to some extent still as Neuralink scientists have said New York times Said in a statement on Monday that the company had "a long way to go" before it could reach anywhere near the commercial service. The main reason for breaking the lid and talking more freely about what they do is that they will be more able to practice and publish in open newspapers, which is certainly an easier way to operate for something that requires a lot of communication with the academic community and research like this.
Max Houdak, one of the founders and president of Neuralink, told the New York Times that he is theoretically optimistic. Neuralink can theoretically see the use soon in medical use, including potential applications that enable amputees to regain their movement by using prostheses Reversing vision, hearing or other sensory deficiencies. It is hoped that they will actually start working with human test subjects early next year, in fact, including through potential collaboration with neurosurgeons at Stanford University and other institutions.
The current incarnation of Neuralink involves drilling actual holes in the skull of a subject to insert very fine filament, but future repetition will turn to laser use instead to create smaller holes that are less permeable and not necessarily felt by the patient, Hodak told the newspaper. Working with humans next year may look like something that meets this description for a relatively new company, but Neuralink has proven its technology in laboratory mice this week, with performance levels beyond today's data transfer systems. The data were collected from mice via the USB-C port in her head and provided about 10 times more what the best current sensor can provide, according to Bloomberg.
Neurlalink vs. current BCI developments also include thinness and flexibility in the "threads" used, but one scientist asked about longevity when exposed to the brain, which contains a liquid salt mixture that can damage plastic materials and eventually deteriorate over time. The plan also aims to have the electrodes implanted in the brain able to connect wirelessly with chips outside the brain, providing real-time control of unprecedented freedom of movement, without any wires or external connections.
Elon the Mask Is funding the majority of this effort as well as acting as its CEO, with $ 100 million of the $ 158 million raised so far by the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla. It has 90 employees so far, and it seems to still be strongly used based on the minimum of its website (which contains only job ads only). Elon Musk also noticed at the beginning of the presentation today that the main reason for this event was actually the recruitment of new talents.