Elon Musk Is Developing A Neuralink Chip That'll Stream Music Directly To Your Brain
While the process of founding one tech start up is usually enough to physically, mentally and emotionally drain most entrepreneurs in life-altering ways, Elon Musk rather seems to see the venture in the way we see the starting of a new Jigsaw puzzle. Not content with building what is now the world's most valuable automotive manufacturer, he's also founded one of the world's largest private space travel firms and wants to revolutionise underground transport with his hyperloop system.
Now, four years after he adds yet another start-up to his ever-growing roster of projects, it now seems that it's set to help make one of the most common tropes of science fiction a reality. Called Neuralink, Musk's start-up, which he alluded to on Twitter earlier this, the company will develop neural linking chips that use technology to help control certain aspects of our brain function.
Musk said in a Tweet that Neuralink “could help control hormone levels and use them to our advantage (enhanced abilities and reasoning, anxiety relief, etc.),” while also providing simpler functions like "listen[ing] to music directly from our chips." He responded to numerous queries directed at him after tweeting, also revealing that initial human trials and development would go towards helping people recover from brain and spinal injuries.
AI symbiosis while u wait— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 10, 2020
How will it actually work? Well, Elon Musk claims that the firm is working on a "sewing machine-like device" that'll presumably weave the neural chips into a person's brain matter to help stimulate certain functions. Said chips will be connected to a more powerful external computer, or perhaps personal device, that'll allow the user or those responsible for treatment to control whatever they need. This development was actually announced last year, but hasn't been trialled on any actual humans yet.
The development also works backwards, allowing humans the ability to control computer functions using their brains. He claims that a monkey used in a trial was able to use his brain to control a computer.
“After solving a bunch of brain-related diseases... it will create a well-aligned future,” he said.
Musk claims that a further announcement will be made providing more details into Neuralink on August 28. We'll be sure to bring you more on the story as it develops.