ELON Musk has announced he’ll be making a statement about his human brain implants next month.
The billionaire has previously said his Neuralink firm will have a device ready “in less than a year”.
Progress update August 28
Musk recently tweeted: “If you can’t beat em, join em Neuralink mission statement.
“Progress update August 28.”
He added: “AI symbiosis while u wait.”
Speaking on on Joe Rogan’s podcast back in May, the billionaire said the device could one day fix “anything that is wrong with the brain”.
The aim is to create a full brain interface within 25 years.
This would mean that humans could connect to devices with just their minds.
Musk wants his brain implants to stop humans being outpaced by artificial intelligence.
Neuralink was founded in 2016 and is working on tiny ‘threads’ that could be inserted into the human brain and help treat injuries and trauma.
The insertion process is said to require removing part of the skull.
Then the Neuralink device and electrode threads will be inserted into the brain.
The patient would then be stitched up and Musk says you wouldn’t even be able to tell that they had the device inserted.
Musk told previously told Rogan’s podcast listeners: “We’re not testing people yet, but I think it won’t be too long.
“We may be able to implant a neural link in less than a year in a person I think.”
Back in February, Musk announced a new and improved version of the implant.
Wait until you see the next version vs what was presented last year. It’s *awesome*.
On its website, the company boasts that it’s developing “ultra high bandwidth brain-machine interfaces to connect humans and computers”.
The technology isn’t just intended for creating a super human cyborg race though.
Musk has said Neuralink will first focus on medical applications, such as tackling the effects of brain diseases like epilepsy.
After this, the brain chips will be updated to develop a “symbiotic relationship” between AI and humanity.
Ultimately, Musk thinks that implanted chips are what will protect humans from becoming an endangered species.
Musk told Rogan that the implant is around an inch in diameter, similar to the face of a smartwatch.
He said a robot would be used to insert the implant and connect thread-like electrodes to the brain.
Musk explained: “If you got an interface into the motor cortex, and then an implant that’s like a microcontroller near muscle groups you can then create a sort of a neural shunt that restores somebody who quadriplegic to full functionality, like they can walk around, be normal – maybe slightly better overtime.”
The billionaire suggested the implanted device is no more dangerous than getting a heart monitor or an artificial hip.
He even suggested that it could speed up the way we communicate and we may not even need to talk.
A brain interface could even mean that people become more machine that human.
In other news, Facebook’s Reality Labs and its Oculus virtual reality brand have been working on the thinnest VR headset to date.
A bizarre new virtual reality strip club has been advertising lap dances from aliens, robots and ‘humanoid hybrids’.
And, Facebook recently teased what the future of working from home could look like if we use virtual and augmented reality to be in the office.
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