Elon Musk is slowly releasing details about his secret brain chip startup Neuralink, but he recently shared the technology could help cure addiction and depression. The billionaire shared the news on Twitter following a user asking if the implant could ‘re-train part of the brain’ linked to the ailments.
‘For sure. This is both great & terrifying,’ Musk wrote in the response. Musk has kept a tight lid about the startup, but said he will reveal more about plans next month. Neuralink, which was founded in 2016, is designing tiny flexible ‘threads’ that are ten times thinner than a human hair with the goal of treating brain injuries and trauma.
However, Musk has been careful to share too much about the firm until the tech is ready, but he has answered a few questions on Twitter. Musk explained that the process involves removing a chunk of the skull, robots then insert electrodes into the brain and the device into the hole, with only a small scar left behind.
He also revealed that the technology could develop into a full brain interface in just 25 years, which would enable ‘symbiosis’ between humans and AI
In the podcast, Musk dished to Rogan about the technology, how it is implanted and what it can do to improve the human body and chipped in that it’ll be an interface between the brain and the computer sphere which for instance can result into streaming music directly into the human brain resulting in the same sensation of enjoy music as when it is heard via headphones or speakers.
The CEO said that our data rate to electronics is slow, but combined with a computer and we could communicate just as fast as computer and carry out exceptional functionalities.
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