Neuralink, an American neurotechnology company founded by Elon Musk and others that develops brain-machine interfaces, displayed some of their technology in public. Musk, a vocal critic of AI and its dark possibilities, said that even in a “benign scenario” human beings will be left behind, so the goal is to ultimately “achieve a symbiosis with artificial intelligence.” He said that he wants to create a technology that will help humans merge with AI.
According to a white paper released by Neuralink, “Brain-machine interfaces (BMIs) hold promise for the restoration of sensory and motor function and the treatment of neurological disorders, but clinical BMIs have not yet been widely adopted, in part because modest channel counts have limited their potential. We have built arrays of small and flexible electrode “threads”, with as many as 3,072 electrodes per array distributed across 96 threads. We have also built a neurosurgical robot capable of inserting six threads (192 electrodes) per minute.”
The objective of Neuralink is to ultimately start implanting their technology is paralysed humans to allow them to control electronic devices. Currently, they have successfully been able to implant devices in mice. Musk also said “A monkey has been able to control a computer with its brain.”
Sources – The Verge, Neuralink White Paper
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