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Elon Musk’s Neuralink wants to embed microchips in people’s skulls and get robots to perform brain surgery

Neuralink is developing a cent-sized device that would be placed in the skull of a patient.

Elon Musk's Neuralink wants to embed microchips in people's skulls and get robots to perform brain surgery
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Elon Reeve Musk is the founder, CEO, and Chief Engineer of SpaceX, as well as the co-founder of Neuralink and OpenAI. Musk is also the founder of The Boring Company and an early-stage investor, CEO, and Product Architect at Tesla, Inc. Musk is the founder and CEO of SpaceX, an aerospace and space company, an aerospace manufacturer, and space transportation services company he started in 2002. In 2004, he joined the electric vehicle company Tesla Motors, Inc. He became the company’s CEO. He was a co-founder of SolarCity, a solar energy services company that was eventually acquired by Google.

In 2016, he co-founded Neuralink, a neurotechnology company that develops brain-computer interfaces, as well as The Boring Startup, a tunneling company. Musk has proposed the Hyperloop, a high-speed vactrain transit system. 

Elon Musk co-founded Neuralink Corporation, a neurotechnology business that develops implantable brain-machine interfaces.

The technology in development by the company is a tiny probe with over 3,000 electrodes coupled to flexible threads thinner than a human hair that can monitor the activity of 1,000 brain neurons.

The major stumbling point for the technology, according to Ari Benjamin of the University of Pennsylvania’s Kording Lab, could be the sheer complexity of the human brain.

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“Once they have the recordings, Neuralink will have to decode them, and no matter how many neurons they record from, they will eventually run into the problem of our lack of basic understanding of how the brain works.”

“When you don’t understand the brain code through movement, it’s tough to decipher goals and movement plans.”

Embedding the chips in the human brains

Neuralink is developing a cent-sized device that would be placed in the skull of a patient. An array of tiny wires stretched out from the chip and into the patient’s brain, each about 20 times thinner than a human hair.

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The wires are equipped with 1,024 electrodes that, in principle, can both monitor and electrically stimulate brain activity. This data is wirelessly transmitted to computers, where researchers can analyze it.

Mr. Musk believes that such chips could one day be used to treat diseases including dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and spinal cord injuries. However, Mr. Musk’s long-term goal is to bring in an era of “superhuman cognition,” in part to defeat artificial intelligence, which he claims has the potential to wipe out humanity.

Implantation of Chip Through a Robot

The robot would work by punching flexible wires coming from a Neuralink chip into a person’s brain and will implement it with a needle or a sewing machine

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In January 2021, Neuralink produced a video showcasing the robot. The gadget, according to Musk, may make implanting Neuralink’s electrodes as simple as LASIK eye surgery. While this is a bold claim, neuroscientists told Insider in 2019 that the machine has a lot of promise.

Professor Andrew Hires emphasized a function that would automatically alter the needle to accommodate for a patient’s brain movement during surgery, as the brain movements along with respiration and heartbeat. The robot stands eight feet tall at the moment, and while Neuralink.

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