Neurolink’s Advances – What to Expect from Brain Implant Technology
From stone to tools, from wood to fire; now comes Elon Musk’s start-up that will transform brains into computers. Neurolink, a neuroscience technology start-up co-founded by Musk, has made substantial improvements in successfully implanting technology into the human brain. In a press release on Wednesday, Neurolink showcased experiments conducted on two monkeys, where they were able to move computer cursors on a screen with their brains. Although not a grand feat, the small advancements in such a technology have major applications that can soon benefit humans in several ways. Progress was shown in the medical sphere, specifically in helping blind people see and people with spinal cord injuries walk.
The revolutionary technology works by inserting thousands of electrodes across the surface of the brain, all of which connect to a quarter-sized chip in the head that wirelessly communicates with the outside world. It sounds quite perplexing, but the industry of brain-machine interface is growing rapidly, with several companies like Synchron and BlackRock Neurotech joining the fray. In Neurolink’s case, they have now released that they have applied with the FDA to begin human trials within six months. They hope to affirm the medical advancements they believe to be possible, while also working toward a grander vision: to connect humans to all aspects of the growing ecosystem of technology.
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