Crazy or ahead of time? Tesla CEO and Founder want to get implants with Bluetooth technology into the brain,
saying implants can enable telepathy and repair motor function in people with injuries The “Neurallink” devices will include a tiny chip connected to the brain, about one-tenth of the width of human hair.
And will include a USB-C port, which Apple uses on its Macbook computers and will connect via Bluetooth to a small over-the-ear computer and smartphone, Musk said.
crazy or ahead of time?
The device is designed to increase memory
Neurolink, a company founded by Musk, says devices can be used to increase memory as well as stroke victims, cancer patients, and others with birth defects, with the company claiming that up to 10 units can be installed in a patient’s brain.
The devices will be installed by a company-built robot, which, if operated by a surgeon, will drill a two-millimeter hole in the patient’s skull when the chip effectively closes the hole.
“The interface to the chip is wireless, so you don’t have any peeping wires from your head, it’s very important,” Musk added.
The trials are expected to begin before the end of 2020, Musk said, comparing the procedure to eye surgery which requires local anesthesia.
Musk, who has invested about $ 100 million in the company, said the latest project is an attempt to use artificial intelligence (AI) to positively impact humanity. He had previously tried to draw attention to the potential of AI to harm humans.
Musk’s plan to develop human-computer implants comes from similar efforts by Google and Facebook, but critics are not so sure customers should rely on tech companies with data coming directly from the brain.
“The idea of entrusting an industrial company to our brain databases should cause some level of discomfort for the company,” said Daniel Newman, chief analyst at Fuchsroom Research and co-author of the book Human / Machine. “There is no reason for us to move in this direction,” he added.
While the technology can help people with some brain injury or trauma, “Collecting data from brain activity can make people at high risk and can be used to influence, activate, and exploit them,” said privacy expert Frederick Klatner. “Who has access to this data? Is this data shared with third parties? People should be in complete control of the data coming from the brain.”
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