Elon Musk’s Neuralink, the secretive firm developing brain-machine interfaces, showed off some of the technology it has been growing to the public for the first time. The goal is to finally start implanting devices in paralyzed people, permitting them to control phones or computers.
The first massive advance is flexible “threads,” that are less prone to damage the brain than the supplies at the moment utilized in brain-machine interfaces. These threads additionally create the possibility of transferring a higher volume of data, according to a white paper credited to “Elon Musk & Neuralink.” The summary notes that the system could embody “as many as three,072 electrodes per array distributed across 96 threads.”
The threads are 6 μm in width, which makes them significantly thinner than a human hair. Along with developing the threads, Neuralink’s different significant advance is a machine that automatically embeds them.
Musk gave a giant presentation of Neuralink’s research Tuesday night, though he mentioned that it wasn’t simply for hype. “The primary reason for doing this presentation is recruiting.,” Musk said, asking individuals to go apply to work there. Max Hodak, president of Neuralink, additionally came on stage and admitted that he wasn’t sure “this technology was a good idea,” however that Elon Musk convinced him it could be possible.
In the future, scientists from Neuralink hope to make use of a laser beam to get by the skull, rather than drilling holes, they mentioned in interviews with The New York Times.