What is Neuralink?
Neuralink is a technology that can help humans interact with machines using their brains. Elon Musk’s ambitious project of connecting the human brain to the internet to help control machines is almost at the stage of being released for commercial use. More prominently known as Neuralink, the company disclosed on 28 August 2020 their brain-computer interface tech on live pigs, showing the neurons inside the pig’s brain firing in real-time. Neuralink could push forward studies in fields of neuroanatomy and neuroscience by years. So let’s take a look at what Neuralink is all about.
Elon Musk says neuralink brain chip will make language obsolete in 10 years
Elon musk, the multi-billionaire entrepreneur and co-founder of neuralink, has said that human language may become obsolete in ‘5 to 10 years’. musk made the comments in an interview with american comedian and podcaster, joe rogan. in a 25 minute long conversation, which you can watch above, musk revealed more details about the neuralink brain implant device, which is being developed principally to help people with paralysis.
In all our lives, we have always thought about the possibility of having a chip installed in our brains that connects us to our computers. This idea has always been a matter of discussion since we have seen it many times in movies, but we never thought that there will come a day where this idea that seemed impossible years ago actually come true!
What you are about to read will blow up your mind and will make you feel that you are about to enter one of Black Mirror’s episode.
What You Need to Know about Neuralink’s Chip
In a recent live-streamed event held by the tech entrepreneur Elon Musk and his start-up Neuralink, he released that he created a coin-sized chip that can be planted in the human brain and it will be connected to computers.
In the live stream, Musk presented a pig called Gertrude that has the chip planted in her brain for two months and showed people how the computer is showing the pig’s brain activity. Musk said, “The future’s going to be weird” and with what is happening, we strongly agree with him.
How the Chip Will be Implanted
The implantation will be done through surgery and the chip will replace a piece of the skull without any lasting damages. Musk stated, “It’s kind of like a Fitbit in your skull with tiny wires,” he said. “I could have a Neuralink right now and you wouldn’t even know. Maybe I do.”
The chip can be connected to your computer or smartphone and will have all-day battery life.
What the Chip will do
Musk stated that the chip’s potentials are almost limitless, it can summon a self-driving Tesla and can even help in the medical field.
The chip’s medical goal is to help people who deal with blindness, spinal cord, and brain injuries. The tech billionaire said, “You could solve blindness, you could solve paralysis, you could solve hearing,” He also stated that the chip can help them with typing, talking, and movement through their brain waves.
Since Elon Musk said that the future is going to be weird, he was in fact, right; the future might hold some other features for the chip. It might be able to save and replay memories and you can download them into a device or a robot body.
If this happened, we might actually live in one of Black Mirror’s episode, we just hope it will have a better ending.
The Official Release Date
Until now there’s no official release date but it was stated that at first the chip will be expensive but later on, its price might drop.
Can Emotions Be Controlled?
The idea of controlling human emotions is not new. Emotions are what allow us to discover true human nature and know for sure if it is good or evil.
Have you ever said something out of anger that you later regretted? Gaining control over your emotions will help you become mentally stronger but actually emotions are what distinguish humans from machines.
Emotions are powerful. Your mood determines how you interact with people, how you react with challenges, and how you behave differently than you usually behave!
Controlling emotions: is it possible? The idea is not new, it was introduced in Egyptian play theater “Al Hamagy” (The Barbarian) back in 1985.
when discussing the possibility of a universal language, musk stated, ‘I think you would, in principle, you would be able to communicate very quickly and with far more precision… language, I’m not sure what would happen to language but in a situation like this though, it’d be kind of like the matrix. you want to speak a different language, no problem. just download the program.’
musk emphasized that the first few neuralink iterations will be focused on trying to solve brain injuries. ‘it’s not going to sneak up on you, this will take a while’, said musk about the possibility of communicating through the mind. however, when asked how many years it would be before you wouldn’t have to speak, musk stated, ‘if the development continues to accelerate, then maybe 5 to 10 years.’