Chips in Human Brains as FDA-approved Elon Musk’s Neuralink

Neuralink, a company founded by Elon Musk in June 2016, was working on developing implantable brain-machine interface (BMI) technology. The goal of Neuralink is to create a high-bandwidth interface between the human brain and computers, potentially enabling various applications, such as treating neurological disorders and enhancing human cognitive abilities.

Two weeks ago, the company announced it had gained approval from the Food and Drug Administration to begin trials to implant brain chips into humans.

We don’t know when trials will begin, but there’s plenty of buzz around Neuralink’s development of a brain-computer interface. Neuralink’s valuation has risen to about $5 billion from $2 billion two years ago, Reuters reported this week.

Five simple ways in which Neuralink could change the future:

  1. Treating brain problems: Neuralink wants to develop technology to help people with brain issues like Parkinson’s, epilepsy, or paralysis. It could create a direct link between the brain and external devices, offering new treatments and improving the lives of those affected.
  2. Restoring lost senses: Neuralink might help people regain lost senses due to injuries or illnesses. By connecting the brain to artificial devices, it could provide touch, sight, or hearing sensations to those who have lost them.
  3. Boosting brain power: Neuralink aims to enhance our thinking abilities. With a direct connection between the brain and computers, we could access information quickly or perform complex tasks just by thinking. This could revolutionize education, research, and problem-solving.
  4. Better augmented and virtual reality: Neuralink’s technology could make augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) more immersive. By connecting directly to the brain, it could make AR/VR experiences feel more realistic and interactive, blurring the line between real and virtual worlds.
  5. Humans and machines working together: Neuralink envisions a future where humans and artificial intelligence (AI) systems can communicate seamlessly. This could lead to improved collaboration, advancements in robotics and automation, and smarter decision-making with the help of AI.

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