Elon Musk’s neurological company Neuralink has been making waves these past few days. After the tech mogul shared earlier that his company’s brain chip can do a multitude of things – from curing addiction, depression, and other mental illnesses to letting its users listen to music directly to their brain.
Even though it’s still in the experimental phase and hasn’t seen human trial yet, Musk has shared yet again to his followers on Twitter another cool feature the chip can do - as reported by the website The Next Web; to be able to 'rouse' one's pleasure center inside the brain.
Yes— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 19, 2020
Musk’s original plan
Elon Musk first intended to produce a form of technology to help us, humans, not to lose our competitive edge to the rising capabilities of artificial intelligence (AI).
This form of technology is known as the brain-computer interface. This newest form of interaction between man and machine is faster and more efficient compared to the direct thought-to-action interface system that is prevalent today. For example, just like what Musk claimed earlier, let’s say if you want to stream music, instead of logging in on your phone and selecting a streaming app, Neuralink’s chip will do it for you directly to your brain.
But this is just a part of the company’s original goals. The one that the company is closest to achieve so far is to focus more on the medical field such as treating spinal injuries etc.
If you’ve solved hard problems with phones / wearables (sealing, signal processing, inductive charging, power mgmt, etc), please consider working at email@example.com— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 18, 2020
The company has hired several neurologists and scientists these past few years who are experts in the field hailing from different universities ever since. And the company’s looking for the newest set of engineers to help it reach the development phase of the technology.
In a story on the website The Next Web, it speculates that the company’s chip, with the information made available to the public plus pronouncements from its CEO, can alter the brain’s chemistry – it can potentially jack up and alter the hormone levels present. They call it ‘invasive’ but declares that it is still far from reality amongst the tech mogul’s claims regarding his other business ventures.
The company is set to release an update regarding the chip’s progress in late August.
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