Neuralink, one of the projects of Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla Motors and SpaceX companies, aims to combine the human brain with the computer. NeuraLink aims to develop technological solutions especially for paralyzed patients. Here are the details about the Neuralink project …
Neuralink is one of the most striking projects of Elon Musk, who is one of the most talked about names with the projects he has put forward in recent years. Aiming to bring together artificial intelligence and human brain, this project is working on Neuralink implant devices that connect a computer directly to the brain.
Musk argues that diseases such as Alzheimer’s, dementia and Parkinson’s can be treated with chips that will be placed inside the human brain. While human experiments are expected to begin in the coming months, it is stated that positive results have been obtained from pig experiments.
Founded by Musk in 2016, the company is trying to collect data about the human brain with wireless microcomputer interfaces that can be placed inside the human brain. The main claim of the company and its boss is that the chips that will be placed in the human brain can heal diseases such as Alzheimer’s, dementia and spine damage.
‘IT WILL ALSO TREAT MEMORY LOSS’
Musk also says he sees the cure for diseases such as memory loss, hearing loss, depression and insomnia in the chips that will be placed inside his skull.
Speaking at the investor meeting, Neuralink’s chief surgeon, Doctor Matthew MacDougall, stated that after starting experiments on humans, their first goal was to treat paralysis and spinal cord paralysis.
Elon Musk said that by the end of this year, necessary permissions will be obtained from the US authorities to be able to experiment on humans.
Scientists who spoke to Reuters and did not participate in Musk’s presentation added that the project was impressive, but that a lot of work must be done to reach a definitive conclusion.
Making a presentation about the functioning of the project, Musk said that they have already placed chips on two pigs and removed the chip they placed in one pig. In the experiment made in the presentation, it was determined that the brain waves of the animals that occurred in certain situations were recorded by the device and the same movements caused similar brain waves without the device being built. The radius of Neuralink’s chip is 23 millimeters wide. Musk claims that the device does not harm human health.
Graeme Moffat, an academic who works in the field of neurology at the University of Toronto, described Musk’s new project as a big step, emphasizing the small size of the chip, the robustness of the power supply and the quality of its wireless capacity.
Stanford University neurologist Sergey Stavisky says the company has come an impressive way. “It’s pretty impressive to switch to a system that’s completely embedded in the brain,” says Stavisky. “This shows that you have a focused team working in different disciplines.”
The San Francisco-based company, employing 100 people, recently received an investment of $ 158 million, $ 100 million from Elon Musk.
Musk says that this development in neurology technology brings together artificial intelligence and people at a unique point, apart from the medical side. Musk was known for his attitude towards artificial intelligence.
Neurolink is not the only company that claims to find treatment for neurological diseases by monitoring brain waves. There are other rival players in the market called Kernel, Paradromics and NeuroPace. Medtronic, a world-renowned brand in medical device, is looking for solutions to diseases such as Parkinson’s, tumor and epilepsy by producing brain implants.
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