Silicon Valley Iron Man, born specifically to challenge the impossible, has recently made a new move! On July 20th Musk announced on twitter, the social media platform, that the company he co-founded, Neuralink, would hold a press conference on August 28th to announce the latest research results of Neuralink technology. As soon as the message was sent, it attracted comments and attention from netizens, and Musk made no secret of his positive response.
Among them, a computer scientist, Austin Howard, tweeted: ‘Can Neuralink technology, like music, be heard directly from a chip? There was a response from Musk: Yes!
This response means that we will be free from the shackles of the headset, just move the “mind” to allow music to flow into the brain! Sure enough, nothing is impossible for Musk.
No headphones required, straight through the brain.
Friends familiar with Musk may know that in 2017 he became interested in brain fusion, co-founded Neuralink with eight co-founders, to study how to combine the brain with external AI systems with built-in chips, electrodes and other devices to achieve real-time control of neurons in the human brain.
This crazy idea does fit in with Iron Man’s brain hole. If this is achieved, we need only move “mindfulness” when performing some simple tasks. For example, play music.
Judging by Musk’s response to Austin Howard, the idea of “listening to music directly from the chip” should have been realized. If so, it means that The Neuralink technology will be able to bypass the ear, where cochlear nerves transmit music to the auditory brain.
But Musk’s vision for brain-computer interface seisphons goes far beyond that. The use of computers to regulate brain nerves, control hormone levels, and even repair brain functions to help patients with autism and schizophrenia treat diseases is also in his basic plan, and for now, the development of this function is the company’s main goal in its early development.
And, in a question from a netizen about whether Neuralink can stimulate the release of oxytocin, serotonin and other chemicals when needed, and manipulate neurons and synapses like humans, Musk gave a positive response: Yes.
Ultimately, however, whether the features and values Musk has promised will really be realized depends on what will happen on August 28th.
The black technology has been widely discussed by Reddit users ahead of the launch. There is no shortage of technical ethics controversy, but more netizens still support. If some netizens say that The Neuralink technology is expected to give hearing-impaired people back to hearing, which is great!
Another netizen quipped: If it can regulate calorie intake and make people feel full all day, it’s a great innovation for dieters.
Neuralink Brain Interface System.
At this point, you may be curious about how this technology works, and Musk is happy to make his great ideas public. In 2019, A major breakthrough in Neuralink technology has resulted in the initial establishment of a complete brain-machine interface system. Musk also held a press conference, which attracted widespread attention.
In his speech, Musk said the system was constructed mainly on three sets: a miniature implantable chip, an auto-inserter and a flexible electrode. The general process of the system is to install a “microchip” in the human brain and then use an “autoinserter” to insert the “flexible electrode” into the brain, completing the connection between the chip and external computing, thereby controlling the human brain.
This year, they plan to hold another product launch on August 28. It is understood that just two months ago, Neuralink released a white paper report showing that the above links have made significant progress again in terms of technology.
The first is the flexible electrode, which is currently used in a more fusion and safety with the human body, and at the same time, it can transmit more data volumes at a faster rate. It is understood that the diameter of a single electrode is only a quarter of the diameter of the hair.
These flexible electrodes stimulate neurons in the brain to get signals and then transmit them wirelessly to outside computers.
Flexible electrodes are inserted into the cerebral cortex.
It is very difficult to manipulate humanly to insert such a thin electrode into the human brain. Here, researchers have developed an automatic electrode inserter. This insert includes a needle clamp box, a brain position sensor, a needle monitor and multiple cameras to accurately fit the electrodes.
The electrode inserter has been tested on animals and, as a result, the success rate can be as high as 87.1%.
However, before inserting work, you will need to create small holes in the skull using a laser beam. This may sound scary, but Musk explains that the whole process is similar to Lasik laser eye surgery and does not create any discomfort.
Finally, the key chip sensor. This chip sensor is ultra-mini and only 5mm. When the electrode triggers a neuron, the chip is able to filter, amplify and digitize its signal and transmit the external data via the USB-C port.
The above is the process by which the brain-computer interface system inserts chip sensors and electrodes into the brain to connect neurons for data transmission. Previously, the system has been successful in the animal scant initial test. Musk has said he is already working on a brain-computer interface system for humans and is seeking approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by the end of 2020 to begin clinical trials in humans.
It is predictable that the upcoming launch next month will probably be related to this news.
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Unlike Bezos, Musk has been wary of the development of artificial intelligence.
Humans have always faced the risk of being overtaken by artificial intelligence machines, but if the human brain can be enhanced by a computer connection, we can coexist with AI.
To that end, Musk has also invested in the brain interface business, creating a team of experts covering a wide range of areas of research, such as Philip Sabes, a professor at the University of California, and Max Hodak of Duke University. Paul Merolla, who designed more than a 10-species brain-inspired chip, and Vanessa Tolosa, a biocompatible materials researcher at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, are among them.
It is worth noting that this powerful research team has recently started to recruit again! Musk posted a job announcement on Twitter, saying there was an urgent need for people with wearable stoic expertise.
“If you’ve solved problems like cell phones/wearables (e.g. sealing, signal processing, inductive charging, power management, etc.), consider coming to Neuralrock to work.”
It’s a rare opportunity to change the world alongside Musk, but the difficulty of applying is predictable.