After Neuralink released its latest update regarding its working brain chip prototype, dubbed ‘The Link’, it surely opened a lot of possibilities when it comes to the possible uses and implementation of the technology.
Obtaining a designation from the United States Food and Drug Administration (US FDA), Elon Musk has promised a lot of capabilities the chip can do – from curing several neurological ailments such as depression and addiction; to performing different tasks such as streaming music directly to one’s brain. The possibilities are endless, and during the live unveiling conducted late August, the CEO himself has teased a feature that one might not expect – being able to summon one’s autonomous car, in this case, your own Tesla.
In an online article on Forbes, Senior Contributor John Koetsier discusses how Neuralink’s latest update can mean a lot of things to different industries and can be applied to a plethora of practical applications. Citing The Link’s features and capabilities, he cites that this small chip can be used mainly in the field of neuroscience and in different fields of study too.
Though the technology is still at its early stages, the company is tackling things head-on. With the company filing for human trails last year, it is now reportedly working closely with the authorities to ensure that human testing will be done safely and efficiently.
Koetsier, however, stressed the risks of this technology at this stage of development which he referred to as ‘massive’.
“This is the brain that Neuralink is working with: the organ that, more than anything else, makes you who you are,” he declared. The Senior Contributor added that playing around and in the worst-case scenario, messing with one’s brain is extremely hazardous with cracking open one’s skull a big step no one can go back to once done.
The writer also raised concerns regarding the security risk it may entail as soon as data is processed from one’s brain to the chip.
These concerns are not unfounded though but with the grit and doer characteristic of the company’s CEO, we will see no sooner than later the technology turning into reality and its integration to other companies and services that Elon Musk is affiliated with.
It wouldn’t hurt to call on your Tesla car wherever and whenever you want to, am I right? But at what price?