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Elon Musk’s Neuralink

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Elon Musk aspires to make inserting a computer connection into your brain as safe and painless as Lasik eye surgery.

On Tuesday evening, Neuralink, a company in which Mr. Musk has invested $100 million, detailed the baby steps it has taken toward that goal. Neuralink described a “sewing machine-like” robot that can implant ultrathin threads deep into the brain.

The company is hoping to begin working with human subjects as soon as the second quarter of next year.

The company claims the system will eventually be capable of reading and writing vast amounts of information. But as with many of Mr. Musk’s other ventures, like spaceships or futuristic tunnels, one of the biggest challenges may be for his scientists to match his grand vision.
 

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Great, wireheadding here we come...
 

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Wonder if it'd act like an antenna and do all kinds of weird crap. Drive under a power line and suddenly you're off on a DMT trip or something.
 

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Wonder if it'd act like an antenna and do all kinds of weird crap. Drive under a power line and suddenly you're off on a DMT trip or something.
Plenty of people out and about wired for Deep Brain Stimulation, mostly for seizure control. Plus people with cochlear implants for severe hearing impairments. And, while not brain related, pacemakers galore. There are more cyborgs out there than people realise. If there were problems we'd probably know by now.
 

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He's not practical. But, when you have all that money... I'd never get this.
 

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He should. Wall Street is after him to stop his science fiction projects.
 

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They do. If Wall Street won't support him he may have to go into real estate.
 

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Neuralink video explaining what it is and how it works. I would have to think that Neuralink must be working with the Allen Brain Institute on this. As far as I know, mapping the "connectome" has a long way to go.

Neuralink video

Allen Institute video
 

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They do. If Wall Street won't support him he may have to go into real estate.

If, if, if. Obviously they ARE supporting him. (Or do you seriously believe Tesla and SpaceX are going to go belly up?)
 

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Deep brain implant for seizure control does not mean the human becomes a cyborg. I thought this forum was for people open to technology and it's uses. Perhaps I'm wrong.
 

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Deep brain implant for seizure control does not mean the human becomes a cyborg. I thought this forum was for people open to technology and it's uses. Perhaps I'm wrong.
You should keep away from Twitter then as some of the responses to this news are rather scary.
 

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Wonder if it'd act like an antenna and do all kinds of weird crap. Drive under a power line and suddenly you're off on a DMT trip or something.
Tinfoil hat, obviously, might be the answer. ROTFL
 

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Deep brain implant for seizure control does not mean the human becomes a cyborg.
Well, technically, it does. So do cochelar implants, advanced prosthetic limbs, and a bunch of other useful technologies. (hat tip to DWG above). Doesn't mean we should shun them, or that we should take Musk's ambitions as a given. Brain interface is really difficult, especially because we don't have a good understanding of what all the parts of the brain do (and how) even in "normal" functioning. (Normal in quotes, because there's a lot of variability even in so-called neurotypical brains.)
 
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