Elon Musk has unveiled his ambitious plans to create a working brain-to-machine interface in a pig called Gertrude with a coin-sized computer chip in her brain
Elon Musk has unveiled a pig called Gertrude with a coin-sized computer chip in her brain, to demonstrate his ambitious plans to create a working brain-to-machine interface.
Elon stated that;
“It’s kind of like a Fitbit in your skull with tiny wires.”
The chip could allow people with neurological conditions to control phones or computers with their mind.
And in the future to cure conditions such as dementia, Parkinson’s disease and spinal cord injuries.
Mr Musk future ambition is to usher in an age he calls “superhuman cognition”, in part to combat artificial intelligence powerful enough it could destroy the human race.
Gertrude was one of three pigs in pens that took part in Friday’s webcast demo.
She took a while to get going, but when she ate and sniffed straw, the activity showed up on a graph tracking her neural activity.
The processor in her brain sends wireless signals, indicating neural activity in her snout when looking for food.
Neuralink product demo in 3 hours. Webcast at https://t.co/Y9wREd78oj.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 28, 2020
Mr Musk says the original Neuralink device, revealed just over a year ago, had been simplified and made smaller.
“It actually fits quite nicely in your skull. It could be under your hair and you wouldn’t know.”
The device the company is developing consists of a tiny probe containing more than 3,000 electrodes.
The electrodes are attached to flexible threads thinner than a human hair, which can monitor the activity of 1,000 brain neurons.
The founder of SpaceX and Tesla says Neuralink hopes to launch human trials next year.