First presented in July 2019, Elon Musk’s Neuralink is a tech startup aiming to connect human brains directly with machines. In February 2020, Musk reiterated this goal. He claimed the team could implant the first chips in “less than a year.”
From there, the goal would be to cover more patients and offer more features. During Joe Rogan podcast appearance, Musk suggested it could help stop epileptic seizures, restore the ability for stroke patients to speak or restore memory in Alzheimer’s patients. Not bad.
But the advancements after that could push research even further. Musk described a future where humans could directly interface with machines. This would enable them to communicate ideas faster than ever.
“You wouldn’t need to talk, we could still do it for sentimental reasons.”
“You would be able to communicate very quickly and with far more precision … I’m not sure what would happen to language. In a situation like this it would kind of be like The Matrix. You wanna speak in a different language? No problem, just download the program.“
Talking about technicalities, the magic will happen in the N1. A chip that sits in a hermetic package, which fits into a cylinder measuring eight millimeters in diameter by one-fourth of a millimeter tall. Each chip measures four millimeters by four and uses 1,024 electrodes (designs used for Parkinson’s today can use just 10 electrodes, just so you get a perspective).
The probes are five microns thick, three microns thinner than a red blood cell, and 95 microns thinner than a human hair. All the electrodes have read and write functionality. The design enables the probes to get close to neurons to detect electrical spikes, and the team believes that the probes can rest 60 microns away from a neuron to detect the spikes.
Entirely skipping the use of language would foster a better relationship with a super-smart artificial intelligence, and, according to Musk’s predictions it will take between five and 10 years for his firm to develop technology advanced enough to do it, “if the development continues to accelerate”.
Jerome Pesenti, head of artificial intelligence at Facebook, responded to an article via Twitter (on Musk’s relationship with AI community-cbsc) by declaring that Musk “has no idea what he is talking about when he talks about A.I.” adding that “there is no such thing as AGI and we are nowhere near matching human intelligence.”
Musk responded by declaring that “Facebook sucks”.
Article by Giacomo Sserwadda