Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, is set to show the world the latest offering from a biotech company he started. Musk says Neuralink will soon provide a full demonstration of the brain-machine interface promised by the company a year ago. Musk says the development will merge machine and biological intelligence. Interested parties in Florida and across the country await the demonstration.
In 2019, Musk first announced the plans for a wireless chip that doctors can insert into the brain. The process involves drilling a small hole into the skull that would allow the insertion of electrode “threads” into brain tissue. Professionals express optimism that the product will help individuals who suffer brain injuries from car crashes and other types of accidents. The microchip may also help individuals who suffer from neurological disorders.
Musk talked about the microchip in an interview about a year ago. At the time of the interview, Musk expressed the belief that neurosurgeons would perform the chip insertions. Musk said this fact would make the procedure both expensive and difficult to scale.
The company solved some of the scaling problems by using robots equipped with artificial intelligence to perform the procedures. Neuralink is now ready to show a robot surgeon in action and provide onlookers with a real-time glimpse at firing neurons. Neuralink will also explain its plans for human testing and provide information regarding the regulatory process for the microchip.
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