THE Neuralink, company Elon Musk which is developing an implantable brain-computer interface, will present its first functional device this Friday (28), at 19:00 (Brasília time). The event, to be broadcast over the internet, was confirmed by the entrepreneur himself via Twitter.
Musk is used to getting involved in ambitious projects. Tesla and SpaceX are proof of that. But Neuralink has everything to appear as the most audacious business of the controversial entrepreneur: basically, the company intends to connect the human brain to a computer in a way that has never been done before.
Initially, Neuralink’s technology should be aimed at treating people with neurological problems. There is an expectation, for example, that such a brain-computer interface will help treat or improve the quality of life of individuals with cerebral palsy or Parkinson’s disease.
But it is expected that, in the distant future (but not much), the same technology will be used to increase human skills or allow the person to have more control over what happens to their body. Improved reasoning and anxiety relief would be among the results.
How is that possible? Some details revealed last month indicate that Neuralink’s interface will consist of thousands of flexible electrodes thinner than a hair bundled in a tiny implantable device.
The implant procedure would be performed by a neurosurgeon robot and would follow a method similar to Lasik surgery, which is directed at the treatment of myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism.
But this at a later stage. Himself Elon Musk acknowledged that Neuralink will take a few years to reach something close to the Lasik technique.
For Friday’s presentation, we can expect something simpler, but that nonetheless will give a clearer sense of what the company has in store for the future.
With information: The Verge.