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Elon Musk reveals off Neuralink’s progress merging brains with machines

Elon Musk defined to the viewers that he thinks “in the future you will be able to save and replay memories”. AFP/Brendan Smialowski/Files

SAN FRANCISCO: Futurist entrepreneur Elon Musk late Friday demonstrated progress made by his Neuralink startup in meshing brains with computer systems, saying the work is important to the way forward for humanity.

Musk has lengthy contended {that a} neural lace merging minds with machines is important if individuals are going to keep away from being so outpaced by synthetic intelligence that, underneath the very best of circumstances, people can be akin to “house cats”.

“It’s gonna be important from an existential threat standpoint,” Musk mentioned of the venture.

“That is what I think might be the most important thing that a device like this achieves.”

Members of the crew shared a “wish list” that ranged from the technology returning mobility to the paralyzed and sight to the blind, to enabling telepathy and the importing of recollections for later reference — or maybe to be downloaded into alternative our bodies.

“Yes, I think in the future you will be able to save and replay memories,” Musk mentioned.

“This is obviously sounding increasingly like a Black Mirror episode but I guess they are pretty good at predicting,” he quipped, referring to a Netflix collection that places disturbing twists on near-future technology.

For now, Neuralink is being examined in pigs with the crew engaged on the potential for scientific trials.

A trio of pigs in pens took half within the demonstration: one in all them was mentioned to have been implanted with a Neuralink system wired to detect spikes in nerve exercise in its snout.

The pig fortunately centered on meals, largely ignoring Musk and others gathered for the occasion.

Musk mentioned that because the first model of Neuralink was revealed barely greater than a 12 months in the past, the system has been simplified and decreased to concerning the measurement of a giant coin and the thickness of the cranium.

With the assistance of a surgical robotic, a chunk of the cranium is changed with a Neuralink disk, and its wires are strategically inserted into the mind, the demonstration confirmed.

The disk registers nerve exercise, relaying the data by way of widespread Bluetooth wi-fi sign to a tool equivalent to a smartphone, based on Musk.

“It actually fits quite nicely in your skull. It could be under your hair and you wouldn’t know.”

The function of the occasion was to draw engineering expertise to the venture, which has a lot work nonetheless to do on chips, software program, robotics and extra, based on Musk.

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