Neuralink: Elon Musk’s Replacement for Wearable Tech?

Neuralink, a coin-sized AI-powered computer device implanted to the brain aims to build an environment where Artificial Intelligence and humans can work symbiotically.

Neuralink: Elon Musk's Replacement for Wearable Tech
Neuralink coin sized AI powered device | Image Courtesy- Neuralink

Elon Musk’s owned company Neuralink, founded in 2016, aims to build a device that will replace wearable tech like smartwatches. It will also help cure neurological conditions like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, dementia, hearing problems, eyesight, and spinal cord injuries.

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Neuralink even claims to cure psychological problems like depression, addiction, and anxiety. Moreover, this implantable computer chip can even let people control phones and computers with their brains. This chip will also have all the smart wearable devices features like health monitoring, sleep data, and much more.

The implantable brain-machine device is still a prototype, but its founder Elon Musk gave a teaser by unveiling it in a pig called Gertrude on a webcast that had this device in her brain for two months. The device tracked her neurological behavior on a graph each time it asked for food or snort. 

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It’s not the first time Tesla and Space X owner has talked about Neuralink. Mr. Musk considered it as the replacement for wearable tech in his recent tweet and said that “Neuralink is the future.” In his previous webcast, Elon Musk considered it as a ‘Fitbit inside the head with tiny wires.’ Adding to it he also said “It could be under your hair and you wouldn’t know”.

How Neuralink works?

Neuralink is a tiny device; a coin-sized containing over 3,000 electrodes having flexible yet unbreakable wires thinner than the human hair which can monitor the activity of around 1,000 brain neurons. An hour long operation by the ‘smart’ robot will implant this device in to the brain.

Neuralink: Elon Musk's Replacement for Wearable Tech
Neuralink implantation process | Image Courtesy- CNET

It is still a prototype, but it’s been put in testing as seen in the pig Gertrude and its human trials will commence by the end of 2020. No further updates are talked about it by the company and Elon Musk itself.

Neuralink is the future tech combining Artificial Intelligence with the human brain, and it has some mixed reviews. What do you think about this device? Is it a leap towards the future or just a device going to flop? Let us know in the comments section below.


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