One of Musk’s more enigmatic projects, Neuralink aims to create a “high-bandwidth” brain-machine interface that would allow humans to interact with computers via their mind alone.
According to a white paper written in 2019, Neuralink’s approach involves inserting ultrafine threads of electrodes into the brain. Due to the difficulty involved, the surgery would be done by a specialized robot. The most immediate uses for such a device would be clinical: Brain-controlled prosthetics already exist, but according to Neuralink, previous attempts have “been critically limited by the inability to record from large numbers of neurons.” Neuralink’s approach could offer significantly finer control over prosthetics, treat neurological disorders, and even regulate hormones.
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