Neuralink, a neurotechnology owned by Elon Musk has been developing a system to merge human brain with AI.
Neuralink Corporation is a neurotechnology company founded by Elon Musk and others, developing implantable brain-machine interfaces.
It was started in 2016 and was first publicly reported in March 2017. By July 2019, it had received \$158 million in funding.
At that time, Neuralink announced that it was working on a “sewing machine-like” device capable of implementing very thin threads into the brain, demonstrated a system that reads information from a lab rat via 1500 electrodes.
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Neuralink has been working on a system that could merge the brain with AI to enable humans to control electronic devices with their thoughts.
Neuralink says that they have been working on this brain-machine interface for the past two years.
Neuralink revealed their system at an event in San Francisco, giving the world a peek at their new system for the first time. Neuralink aims to develop a scalable implant that connects the brain to the computer to help the paralyzed.
Musk told at the event that they had successfully tested the system on rats and monkeys and that the firm has already applied to US regulators to start human trials.
The system developed by the Neuralink consists of an array of up to 96 small, polymer threads each with upto thousands of electrodes attached to flexible filaments.
These threads are thinner than a human hair (less than 6 micrometers).
The threads can monitor the activity of 1,000 neurons by implanting these threads into the brain via robots. Neuralink mentioned the procedure being surgically safer.
According to the Musk, the system would be able to target particular areas of the brain and then analyze the brain waves using machine learning.
After chip implantation, the user would be able to connect to it wirelessly via their phones.
Elon Musk says that they will be releasing an application by which the users will be able to control the chip via Bluetooth.