” NEURALINK AND THE PIG “
How many of you are interested in technology? Well I am !
And with everyday leaps and advances in new technologies around the world, it is impossible not being fascinated by it !
Amongst the thousands of large technical start-ups/companies,
the one that is all across the media nowadays is – “Neuralink” !
So lets dive into what exactly is Neuralink and what is its latest achievement that can change the world !
WhotTrendz brings to you: Neuralink and the Pig !
What is Neuralink ?
Neuralink Corporation is an American neuro-technology company founded by the man himself – Elon Musk and others,
developing implantable brain–machine interfaces (BMIs).
The company’s headquarters are in San Francisco and was started in the year 2016.
In April 2017, the company aimed to make devices to treat serious brain diseases in the short-term,
with the eventual goal of human enhancement, sometimes called transhumanism.
In around 2019, Neuralink announced that it was working on a “sewing machine-like” device,
capable of implanting very thin (4 to 6 μm in width) threads into the brain, and demonstrated a system that read information from a lab rat via 1,500 electrodes,
anticipating to start experiments by the year 2020.
But you maybe wondering what is the current hype about?
The Latest Neuralink Chip:
On the 28th of August, Elon finally revealed the the latest Neuralink Chip called the version 0.9 !
The device is about the size of a large coin and can be fully embedded in the skull.
Attached to it are 1,024 threadlike, flexible electrodes that extend down into the cerebral cortex, the outer layer of the brain responsible for numerous functions, including motor control and sensory feedback.
Elon described the chip as a “coin sized Fitbit” that goes in your skull with tiny wires !
The latest version consists of a single integrated implant that fits in a hole in the skull and relays data through the skin through a Bluetooth radio.
Hence the wireless design makes it more practical for human use but at the same time limits the bandwidth of data that can be sent.
The Chip and the Pig:
During the live event, Mr.Musk pulled out a surprise for everyone when he claimed to displaying a live demonstration of the chip implant !
And he proudly presented 3 Pigs ! 😛
Then began the #3 pig demo. Gertude, was the pig with the neuralink chip implant in its brain that controlled its snout.
Musk also revealed the other 2 healthy pigs,
out of which one had been implanted with the chip and now no longer had it implanted, but was living happily and normally !
The pig was shown on a treadmill where the chip was able to track its neural activities perfectly !
Mr. Musk said the company predicted a pig’s limb movement during a treadmill run at “high accuracy” using implant data.
Okay, so the implant chip that we just discussed about,
would not be just put into your skull by a normal surgery.
But instead it would be carried out with the highly precise Robotic arm made by Neuralink !
The Robotic arm would act like a precise sewing machine inserting the ultra thin threads from the chips with the neuron lace within the brain !
As terrifying as it sounds, Musk claims that the incision by the robot would be less than 8mm
and the 1 time surgery would not even require general anesthecia !
Way Forward and Conclusion:
Neuralink aims to implant wireless brain-computer interfaces,
that include thousands of electrodes in the most complex human organ to help cure neurological conditions like
Alzheimer’s, dementia and spinal cord injuries and ultimately fuse humankind with Artificial Intelligence(AI).
Also guys, with the implants in your head, people would be able to connect to wifi themselves,
and communicate with each other without even speaking !
So what do you guys think of this new cyborg tech ?
Haha, I am sure a few of you might freak out after hearing this first, but this may be our future
you never know !
Also a technology like this would help human kind to solve a lot of barriers and would lead the way for the future !
What do you think would we witness a technological advancement in our life spans when humans would be half cyborgs ?
Do let us know what do you think about brilliant innovations and leaps like these!
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