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Elon Musk Is Creating Microchips To Link Your Brain With Your Smartphone By 2020

Elon Musk Is Creating Microchips To Link Your Brain With Your Smartphone By 2020

Neuralink is a startup founded by Musk and it says that these devices could be of use to those seeking a memory boost or to stroke victims, cancer patients, quadriplegics or even people with congenital defects.

Technology is something that's constantly evolving, letting you do new things every day. Now, Elon Musk wants to take it a notch higher and insert Bluetooth-enabled implants into your brain, saying that these devices could actually enable telepathy (who would've thought this could've been possible) and also repair motor function in people with injuries.

The CEO of Tesla and SpaceX said his devices, dubbed Neuralink, will consist of a tiny chip connected to 1,000 wires measuring one-tenth the width of a human hair. He said during his speech on Tuesday, reports CNN



 

 

The chip comes with a USB-C Port, the same as Apple's Macbooks, and it can be connected via Bluetooth to a small computer worn over the ear and to a smartphone, Musk said. "If you're going to stick something in a brain, you want it not to be large," he said, while he played up the device's diminutive size.

Neuralink is a startup founded by Musk and it says that these devices could be of use to those seeking a memory boost or to stroke victims, cancer patients, quadriplegics or even people with congenital defects.



 

 

Up to 10 units can be placed into a patient's brain, says the startup, and it can be controlled by an iPhone app that it will be connected to. The startup is also said to be in the process of building a robot, solely to be used for the process of installing these devices into a patient's brain.

Musk said the robot, when operated by a surgeon, will drill 2-millimeter wide holes in a person's skull. The chip part of the device will plug the hole in the patient's skull.



 

 

"The interface to the chip is wireless, so you have no wires poking out of your head. That's very important," Musk added. Trials are expected to begin before the end of 2020, Musk said, while also adding that this surgery would be quite similar to  Lasik eye correction surgery, which requires a local anesthetic. Musk says that his latest project is an attempt to use artificial intelligence to have a positive effect on humanity. 



 

 

Previously, he has tried to draw attention to AI's potential to harm humans. Elon Musk has invested around $100 million in Neuralink, which is based out of San Francisco.

Musk's plan to develop human-computer implants comes right after similar efforts from IT giants like Facebook and Google. But, critics aren't really sure if people like us should entrust tech companies with data ported directly from the brain.



 

 

"The idea of entrusting big enterprise with our brain data should create a certain level of discomfort for society," said Daniel Newman, principal analyst at Futurum Research and co-author of the book Human/Machine. "There is no evidence that we should trust or be comfortable with moving in this direction," he added. Would it be a completely bad idea to trust this new technological breakthrough, though?



 

 

This technology could definitely help someone who has gone through brain injury or trauma. "Gathering data from raw brain activity could put people in great risk, and could be used to influence, manipulate and exploit them," Frederike Kaltheuner of Privacy International told CNN Business.

"Who has access to this data? Is this data shared with third parties? People need to be in full control over their data." This news comes at a time when there's a lot of issues with user information security and how companies handle them. 



 

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