Neuralink Corporation, a neurotechnology company that develops implantable brain–computer interfaces, is currently working on developing a high-tech that is attempting to implant a special chip into a human brain. Neuralink co-founder Elon Musk claimed that the device will allow human to easily communicate with computers, through their thoughts.
During an event on Wednesday, November 30 in California at Neuralink headquarters, Musk announced that he wishes to get one for himself too, “We’ve submitted I think most of our paperwork to the FDA (US Food and Drug Administration) and we think probably in about six months, we should be able to have our first Neuralink in a human. We’ve been working hard to be ready for our first human (implant) and obviously we want to be extremely careful and certain that it will work well before putting a device in a human.”
The Neuralink’s product is a tiny device, consisting of electrode-laced wires, along with a robot that carves out a piece of a person’s skull and implants the wiring. According to Musk, the first implantation trial will start within next six months.
Musk hopes that one day the device could become the main path of transferring information between human and machines. Not only that, Musk also stated that Neuralink is also currently working on restoring human vision and mobility through the device.
Musk said, “The implant first would be used in someone who has no ability to operate their muscles and enable them to operate their phone faster than someone who has working hands.” He claimed that he is quite confident about the possibility of restoring full body functionality to someone who has a severed spinal cord.
While it sounds miraculous, let’s hope for the best for Elon Musk, Neuralink and the whole human race.