Elon Musk showed a pig's brain-computer interface from Neuralink
The implant was placed in the skull of a pig named Gertrude.
It monitors and records neural activity in the brain in real time, and then sends this data via wireless Bluetooth connectivity directly to the computer.
This data is then processed to predict the animal's behavior. "If you can predict what people want to do with their limbs, you can place a second implant at the site of the spine injury and create a nerve transmitter," Musk said.
"I am convinced that in the long run it will be possible to restore someone to full fitness," added the head of Tesla and SpaceX. The new device is much smaller and more advanced than its predecessor, presented last year.
The main module is housed in the skull, is connected by 1,024 thin electrodes to the brain's neural network, and has a 24-hour duration.
Recall that the demonstration of version 1.0 took place on a rat that had a small device pinned to its head with a built-in USB-C port for transmitting data directly to a computer.
Now the exchange of information takes place completely wirelessly, and the device itself is invisible. The billionaire announced that engineers want to use a different data transmission protocol between the brain and computer and further the global network or computing clouds.
It's about transferring more data much faster.
Quite likely, the work will focus on WiFi or even 5G networks.
Musk also wants to use cloud computing and supercomputers to develop the capabilities of his device. The Neuralink plan is clear, at first, the brain implant or the brain-computer interface will start to play the role of a wireless spinal cord, thanks to which it will not only allow paralyzed people to regain full control over their bodies,
but also controlling human avatar robots, but that's not the end of Musk's ambitions.
The billionaire wants to give people the opportunity to communicate with each other in a telepathic form and allow memories to be saved on physical disks for safety.
If someone ever suffered a brain injury or developed Alzheimer's disease, then it will be possible to restore old memories and continue to function normally.
The implant will also be able to cure virtually all mental illnesses, but there is still a long way to go until then.
For now, Muska has only / the most advanced device in the world for monitoring the neuronal activity of the brain.
We can safely say that it is the smallest electroencephalograph in the world, we can assume that at the next presentation of the 3.0 device we will see a paralyzed person who, thanks to the brain-computer interface, functions normally.
Neuralink intends to conduct experiments on humans later this year.
We can also expect to see the first valuable data, such as photos, music, film, etc., transferred from the brain to the computer or vice versa.
We keep our fingers crossed.