Everything You Need To Know About Neuralink Technology.

Can you imagine controlling your PC with your brain? Neuralink is the technology that is going to help you in doing this. It is a technology founded by Elon Musk which is going to connect with your brain using some flexible electrode threads and process your brain data using AI.  

You can use your brainpower to control PC and other electronic devices. Not only that, but this technology can also be used to understand and treat different forms of brain disorders. In this post, we are going to know complete detail about Neuralink Technology and its future and what experts think about it.   

    What is Neuralink Technology?

    Neuralink Technology wants to connect the human brain to a computer interface, letting people control PCs with the power of thought by using artificial intelligence. Its founder, Elon Musk, says the technology could ultimately lead to an era of “superintelligence”. 

    The technology involves groups of microscopic, flexible electrode “threads” implanted into the human brain by a neurosurgical robot. These flexible electrode threads distinguish and record the electrical signals in the brain, and transmit the data outside the body.

    Who is the founder of Neuralink?

    Elon Musk is the founder of Neuralink Technology. A man with many dreams and a lot of money. He’s been CEO of PayPal, founded spacecraft company SpaceX in 2002 and electric car firm Tesla in 2003, and is now worth around $28 billion. But he’s best known for his visionary ideas. He wants to help colonize species”: he’s building tunnels under Los Angeles to transport people at speeds of 760mph, and he wants 12,000 satellites to provide broadband to the world’s poorest areas. And in July he unveiled a Neuralink device that he says could help humans “merge” with artificial intelligence.  

    What is the Neuralink Device?

    Neuralink is a tiny device containing more than 3,000 electrodes attached to flexible threads, each thinner than a human hair. These can monitor the activity of 1,000 neurons in the brain. It is a machine that integrates the human brain with AI by surgically implanting flexible electrode threads in our brain.

    What will be the use of Neuralink Device?

    The main aim of developing Neuralink technology is to understand and treat different forms of a brain or spine-related disorders. It could help paralyzed people and those with brain disorders to control computers. Crucially, it will be able to target specific parts of the brain, providing an alternative to intrusive and dangerous surgery. Musk said it will prioritize helping patients with severe neurological conditions. One of its smartest features is using machine learning to constantly analyze what kind of electric stimulation works best for each person.

    However, Musk also pointed that it can help humans enhancing their own brain, giving people the choice to accomplish an advantageous interaction with man-made brainpower (AI) and lead to a future of “Superhuman intelligence”.

    Hasn’t this technology existed for a while?

    For a few years, yes. In 2006 Matthew Nagle became the first person with spinal-cord paralysis to receive an implant designed to control computers. He managed to play the game Pong using only his mind. Since then, brain-computer interfaces have made great strides, helping paralyzed people perform tasks like robotic arms.

    What’s Neuralink Technology doing differently?

    It has more threads, recording the activity of many more neurons, leading to more precise results. In addition, the threads are more flexible, making them less susceptible to damage caused by the brain shifting in the skull.

    Does Neuralink is Working Fine?

    Apparently so. Musk says tests allowed a monkey to control a computer, so his next move is to seek permission from the US Food and Drug Administration to try it on humans. Even with approval, Musk admits it’ll take “a long time”.

    He said: “It’s not like suddenly we will have this incredible neural lace and will take over people’s brains”. Long term, Neuralink wants to fire a laser beam into the skull rather than having to drill a hole, making the process as straightforward and safe as laser-eye surgery, eliminating the need for general anesthetics.

    What experts think about Neuralink Technology?

    They’re impressed by the technology, though with some reservations. Krittia D’Silva, an AI expert at NASA, said Neuralink’s plans “will require many years of work to deal with technical and ethical challenges”, but that it has strong potential to “alleviate certain serious medical conditions like epilepsy and Parkinson’s”.

    Andrew Hires, assistant professor of neurobiology at the University of Southern California, tweeted that Neuralink’s device “goes beyond” what’s currently possible. Whatever comes of Neuralink, it won’t satisfy Musk’s inexhaustible ambition. We suspect he won’t be happy until we’re driving along underground Martian motorways in electric cars powered by though alone.

    Dr. Leigh Hochberg of Brown University, who built up the cerebrum PC interface given to the patients with tetraplegia, called Neuralink's "a novel and energizing neurotechnology…. I'm eager to perceive how they'll be interpreting their framework toward introductory clinical investigations."


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