On Tuesday, business tycoon Elon Musk has revealed his secretive Neuralink startup is making advancement on an interface linking computers with brains, claims they expect to being testing on people in 2020.
Elon has asserted that neural lace meshing minds and machines are important if people are going to avoid being so outpaced by AI (Artificial Intelligence), which under the best of situations, humans would be related to “house cats”.
He along with Neuralink team members has laid out the progress that they have made on their mission at an event organized in San Francisco to employ talent in robotics, software, neuroscience, and more.
Musk said, “Ultimately, we can do a full brain-machine interface,” adding that “Achieve a sort of symbiosis with artificial intelligence.”
Neuralink introduced an early version of a tiny sensor with hair-thin strands, which could be inserted in brains via a small incision by a robot built for the high-precision task.
Noting that there could be thousands of electrodes connected to the brain, Musk said that “they are tiny electrodes and the robot is delicately implanting them.”
“This is something that is not going to be stressful to put in; will work well, and it is wireless,” added Musk.
The chip will interface wirelessly with an earpiece that relays information to a smartphone application, reports Neuralink.
At present, the aim is to let a person with the implants control a smart device with though but the technology extended to other devices such as robotic arms.
“This has tremendous potential,” he said, “we hope to have this in a human patient before the end of next year.”
Early focus of the team is using the technology to address brain diseases and paralysis, but the object is to make implants so reliable, safe, and easy that they could be elective surgery option for people asking to enhance their brains with computing power, as per neurosurgeon on the Neuralink team.
Elon Musk claims that the aim was to make adding the brain to enhance implants as an easy step as laser eye surgery.
“I’ve said a lot about AI over the years; I think that even in a benign scenario, we will be left behind,” he said.
“With a high bandwidth brain-machine interface, we can actually go for the ride and have the option of merging with AI. This is very important,” added Musk.