Intel wants to rely on AI to reconnect damaged spinal nerves

Intel and Brown University have launched a DARPA-funded “Intelligent Spine Interface” program that aims to use AI power to help patients with severe spinal nerve damage regain exercise and control of the bladder. In the two-year study, scientists will use “smart bridges” based on electrodes implanted at both ends of damaged locations to capture motion and sensory signals from the spinal cord. On this basis, neural networks running on Intel products will have the opportunity to reconnect the spine and restore the function of the damaged spinal nerve, relying on the data collected. According to officials, the initial “smart spine interface” would use external computing hardware to process the signal, but the ultimate goal was to develop a scheme that could be fully implanted into the body. Of course, we can only say at this stage that we will see the possibility of a successful plan. But according to engineering assistant David Borton, regardless of the outcome, the collaboration will help “discover new knowledge (in relation to the spinal cord)” and will have a very positive effect on “promoting (therapeutic) innovation”.

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