I have mentioned a few times here on the blog how much I enjoy Elon Musk’s ideas, more specifically his mission to create autonomous vehicles. Last week he tweeted an announcement of a new company he is starting, and for some, the idea may seem a bit too sci-fi.
Musk’s new company, Neuralink, will create implantable brain chips. Say whaaaat? The Verge explains more:
“As it stands today, brain implants containing multi-electrode arrays are used to try and ameliorate the effects of Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy, while less complex, stimulating devices are used for people suffering from Tourette’s, eating disorders, and depression. But these techniques are still experimental compared with more mainstream medical procedures. Because operating on the brain is difficult and dangerous, even the most cutting-edge researchers still openly admit to not having the necessary tools or data to fully comprehend how the organ operates or how to repair it when it starts to malfunction.” Click here to read the full article.
There are already implantable devices to help “control” seizures. The most recent one to come out was the RNS Neuropace. As it stands that is the closest device next to having a brain chip. The RNS monitors brain activity, providing detailed information to doctors. They can then study that data to help better control a patient’s seizures. But Musk’s idea goes a step further than just learning about the brain. Recently, Musk spoke to a crowd in Dubai stating, “Over time I think we will probably see a closer merger of biological intelligence and digital intelligence.” It will be interesting to see how small computers get before they eventually become a part of us. That is to say if we will see that happen in our lifetime.
Either way, it comes down to this simple formula:
Autonomous cars + neurological advancements = Musk is my HERO!
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