Elon Musk is a name that almost every human on the face of the earth knows. He has many ideas that have revolutionized the way we interact with the world. His startup, Neuralink, is going to help paralysed people to control their devices and also empower the people with brain disorders to bring more opportunities to their lives. Neuralink has revealed tiny brain “threads” that will be enclosed within a chip. This device is going to provide a long-lasting alternative to the currently outgoing devices with brain-machine interface that are available today.
Neuralink has applied to the US Food and Drug Association for an approval to start human trials in 2020. There is a module of the device that sits outside the head, transmitting the signals received from the threads wirelessly to the application. The controls for the device are currently designed within an application for iPhone and the chip has been given the name “N1 sensor”. The sensor has a USB port with over 3,072 electrodes per array across 96 threads. The diameter of the threads is smaller than that of the human hair.
The surgery to plant the threads into the skull includes the drilling of four 8mm holes. This surgery is performed by a robot, which has successfully planted the threads in animals as of now.
“This has the potential to solve several brain-related diseases. The idea is to understand and treat brain disorders, preserve and enhance your own brain and create a well-aligned future,” said Elon Musk at an event. Musk has been against Artificial Intelligence for a long time, fearing an eventuality like that of Skynet. However, with Neuralink, Elon Musk has found the perfect way for the humans to control the machines rather than it being the other way around. The future of Neuralink is bright and can only expand to control more than just phones.