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Elon Musk demonstrates his brain-machine interface for Neuralink implants in PIGS


A nervous Elon Musk took the stage on Friday to show the world his Neuralink progress update. After a delay of more than 30 minutes, around 100,000 people were waiting on the edge of their seats.

Musk said in a tweet last month that Neuralink will "fire neurons in real time" on Aug. 28 – and the CEO kept his promise.

The demonstration of the three little pigs, as he called them, featured an animal named Gertrude with the brain implant, and while she sniffed around in a pen, viewers saw her brain activity on a big screen.

The livestream also gave the first glimpse of the redesigned chip, which is the size of a large coin attached to wires that replace a piece of skull when connected to the brain.

"It's like a Fitbit in your skull," Musk said during the event.

& # 39; It goes flush with your skull. I could have a link now and you wouldn't know. Maybe I'll do it. & # 39;

Although the public has hoped that a person would harness the power of the chip, the event suggests that Neuralink is getting closer to Musk's vision of empowering people to control computers and smartphones with their minds.

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The livestream gave the first look at the redesigned Neuralink chip, which is the size of a large coin attached to wires that replace a piece of skull when connected to the brain

Neuralink's system consists of a computer chip attached to tiny flexible threads that are sewn into the brain by a "sewing machine-like" robot.

The device picks up signals in the brain, which are then converted into engine controls – and tonight the company will be "showing neurons that fire in real time".

Musk started Neuralink in 2016, but has had a tight grip on technology, developments, and most of the company's plans ever since – until now.

Musk led the audience into an area with three pigs in separate stalls, one with no link.

The demonstration of the three little pigs, as he called them, featured an animal named Gertrude with the device implanted in his brain, and while she sniffed around in a pen, viewers saw her brain activity on a big screen

The demonstration of the three little pigs, as he called them, featured an animal named Gertrude with the device implanted in its brain, and while she sniffed around in a pen, viewers saw her brain activity on a big screen

"This shows Link's beats on the screen and you can see each of the tips of the 1,024 electrodes implanted in the pig's brain," Musk said, pointing to a large screen above the pen.

A nervous Elon Musk took the stage on Friday to show the world his Neuralink progress update. After a delay of more than 30 minutes, more than 100,000 people were waiting on the edge of their seats

& # 39; Dorothy who had an implant that was removed illustrated This link can be removed and you will live a healthy life, ”he explained.

Another pig, however, had an implant that Musk showed was capturing brain activity on a screen as it moved its snout on the floor looking for food.

"This shows the beats of Link on the screen and you can see each of the tips of the 1,024 electrodes implanted in the pig's brain," Musk said, pointing to a large screen above the pen.

"If her snout hits the ground, the neurons will fire and that is what sets the tone."

"We also implanted two neural links in three pigs at this point."

"They can have multiple links, and they can be healthy, happy and indistinguishable from a normal pig."

Musk led the audience into an area with three pigs in separate stalls, one with no link

Musk led the audience into an area with three pigs in separate stalls, one with no link

Musk also shared details of the new prototype, which has 1,000 channels and is about 23 by eight millimeters and fits snugly inside the skull

Musk also shared details of the new prototype, which has 1,000 channels and is about 23 by eight millimeters and fits snugly inside the skull

The livestream also gave the first look at the redesign chip, which is the size of a large coin attached to wires that replaces a skull when connected to the brain

The livestream also gave the first look at the redesign chip, which is the size of a large coin attached to wires that replaces a skull when connected to the brain

Musk also shared details of the new prototype, which has 1,000 channels and is about 23 by eight millimeters and fits snugly inside the skull.

The device can be charged at night like a smartphone and has full power all day.

"To make a connection, you have to open a piece of skull, remove a coin-sized piece of skull, the robot insert electrodes, and the device replaces the part of the skull that is sealed with superglue," said Musk.

Musk started Neuralink in 2016, but has had a tight grip on technology, developments, and most of the company's plans ever since. The CEO gave minor details about the system - it's an implant connected to electrodes attached to the brain

Musk started Neuralink in 2016, but has had a tight grip on technology, developments, and most of the company's plans ever since. The CEO gave minor details about the system – it's an implant connected to electrodes attached to the brain

The "sewing" robot was also on stage with Musk, who explained that the procedure only takes 30 minutes, does not require general anesthesia, and patients can leave the hospital on the same day.

When plans to develop the brain-computer interface first emerged, the company positioned them as a way to give people with quadriplegia the ability to use their minds to control technologies like computers or smartphones.

However, as many of Musk's ventures evolve, the system evolved into much more.

He discussed the idea of ​​“conceptual telepathy,” which enables two people to communicate through thoughts using technology.

The "sewing" robot was also on stage with Musk, who explained that the procedure only takes 30 minutes, does not require general anesthesia, and patients can leave the hospital on the same day

The "sewing" robot was also on stage with Musk, who explained that the procedure only takes 30 minutes, does not require general anesthesia, and patients can leave the hospital on the same day

"To make a connection, you have to open a piece of skull, remove a coin-sized piece of skull, the robot will insert electrodes, and the device will replace the part of the skull that is sealed with superglue," Musk said

The future is going to be funny, ”Musk said.

"In the future, you can save and reply to reminders."

“You can basically back up your memories and restore them. You could possibly download them into a new body or into a robot body. & # 39;

Prior to Friday's demonstration, the CEO had only revealed small parts of what the public should expect when the chip is ready for human use.

Musk showed off most of the details on Twitter, noting that Neuralink had made improvements to the robot that will insert the device into the human brain as early as February.

Musk visually showed what the electrodes would look like if implanted in the brain

Musk visually showed what the electrodes would look like if implanted in the brain

The chip is connected to the brain by tiny, flexible threads that are thinner than a human hair

The chip is connected to the brain by tiny, flexible threads that are thinner than a human hair

The "sewing robot" removes a small piece of the skull, connects the thread-like electrodes to specific areas of the brain, sews the hole together, and the only visible remains are scars left from the incision.

And the company has said several times that these "high-precision, high-bandwidth neural interfaces," known as N1, could be implanted in people within the next 12 months.

The tech tycoon recently dug into more details of the system in May when speaking on Joe Rogan's podcast.

The "sewing robot" removes a small piece of the skull, connects the thread-like electrodes to specific areas of the brain, sews the hole together, and the only visible remains are scars left from the incision

The “sewing robot” removes a small piece of the skull, connects the thread-like electrodes to specific areas of the brain, sews the hole together, and the only visible remains are scars left from the incision

"You wouldn't have to talk," said Musk, who foresees that technology will go further to enable a "symbiosis" between humans and AI.

"I think this is one of the ways to like AI just getting better," Musk said.

“We're kind of left behind, we're just too stupid. So how are you doing for the ride? If you can't beat her, join in. & # 39;

However, Musk determined that creating an entire brain interface using the Neuralink chip would take 25 years to complete successfully.

An early focus for Neurlink was treating brain disease and paralysis, but experts have questioned this feat.

"It is unclear how this development would help people with paralysis," said Dr. Burnett.

“Not that it couldn't, they just don't make it clear. People become paralyzed because the neural connections between the brain and spinal cord to the relevant body area have been damaged / severed. & # 39;

The ideal treatment would be to rebuild these damaged connections by regenerating and reconnecting the nerves. I'm not sure how the brain-tech interface would help with that. & # 39;

Musk also touts the chip to "retrain" part of the brain that is linked to diseases like depression and addiction – suggesting that technology can completely rewrite the way you think.

A timeline of Elon Musk's comments on AI

Musk has been a longtime and very vocal convict of AI technology and the precautions people should take

Musk has been a longtime and very vocal convict of AI technology and the precautions people should take

Elon Musk is one of the most recognizable names and faces in technology development.

The billionaire chief runs SpaceX, Tesla and the Boring company.

While at the forefront of AI technology development, he is also aware of the dangers.

Here's a comprehensive timeline of all of Musk's premonitions, thoughts, and warnings about the AI.

August 2014 – & # 39; We have to be very careful with AI. Potentially more dangerous than nuclear weapons. & # 39;

October 2014 – & # 39; I think we should be very careful with artificial intelligence. If I could guess what our greatest existential threat is, it probably is. So we have to be very careful with artificial intelligence. & # 39;

October 2014 – & # 39; We use artificial intelligence to summon the demon. & # 39;

June 2016 – "The harmless situation with highly intelligent AI is that we would be so low in intelligence that we would be like a pet or a house cat."

July 2017 – "I think AI is something that is risky at the level of civilization, not just at the level of individual risk, and so it really requires a lot of security research."

July 2017 – "I'm exposed to the most modern AI and I think people should really be concerned about it."

July 2017 – "I keep ringing the bell, but until people see robots walking down the street killing people, they don't know how to react because it seems so ethereal."

August 2017 – 'If you're not concerned about the safety of the AI, you should be. Far more risky than North Korea. & # 39;

November 2017 – & # 39; Maybe there is a five to ten percent chance of success (to keep the AI ​​safe). & # 39;

March 2018 – & # 39; AI is much more dangerous than nuclear weapons. Why do we not have regulatory oversight? & # 39;

April 2018 – & # 39; (AI is) a very important topic. It will affect our lives in ways that we cannot even imagine right now. & # 39;

April 2018 – & # 39; (We could create) an immortal dictator we would never escape. & # 39;

November 2018 – "Maybe the AI ​​will make me follow him, laugh like a demon and say who the pet is now."

September 2019 – "Unless advanced AI (beyond basic bots) has been used to manipulate social media, it won't be long before it does."

February 2020 – "At Tesla, using AI to solve self-driving is not just the icing on the cake, it's the cake."

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