Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled the version 2.0 of his highly anticipated brain-to-machine interface Neuralink in the second public reveal since the project was incorporated in 2017.
On Friday’s event, as Musk promised earlier, he said he would “show neurons firing in real-time. The matrix in the matrix.” And he just did that. Three pigs were bought on the demonstration, all of them had Neuralink’s mysterious brain device implanted in the skulls.
“It’s kind of like a Fitbit in your skull with tiny wires,” the billionaire businessperson said on the YouTube webcast.
In the demo, the machine was tracking those pigs’ brain activity in real-time. A pig called Gertrude stole the show, as she roamed around the pen sniffing and eating food, while all her activities showed up in real-time in the graph, the Friday webcast showed. Watch the video below:
Musk, who is known for his extremely ambitious ventures backed the startup Neuralink which seeks to develop sophisticated devices to treat brain-related illness and aid the disabled in various ways.
Musk said, the original Neuralink device, introduced in 2019 has been refined a lot and now: “It actually fits quite nicely in your skull. It could be under your hair and you wouldn’t know.”
According to the US Food and Drug Administration, Neuralink’s venture was awarded the ‘Breakthrough device Program’ which is “a voluntary program for certain medical devices and device-led combination products that provide for more effective treatment or diagnosis of life-threatening or irreversibly debilitating diseases or conditions.”
Neuralink’s brain-to-machine interface is a technology that uses electrical signals produced by the human brain and converts them into signals that can operate various devices and technologies after a simple surgery to implant thinner-than-hair filaments in the brain.
Musk, on Friday’s event, highlighted how Neuralink’s technology will be able to aid various neurological ailments like seizures, paralysis, brain damage, and depression once the technology is perfected.
“The neurons are like wiring, and you kind of need an electronic thing to solve an electronic problem,” Elon Musk was quoted as saying on the webcast.
Musk’s ambitions with Neuralink is certainly not limited to helping physical and mental conditions that impair human mobility and normalcy. He also highlighted how this device will allow humans to interact with computers more intricately, via the brain.