Neuralink is a company that seeks to develop technologies that will help improve the human brain and expand our ability to communicate. Co-founded by Elon Musk, the company seeks to help us achieve an enhanced level of consciousness. This is done by developing technology that allows the human mind to interface directly with a computer. Let's learn more about it.
What Exactly Can Neuralink Do?
The goal of Neuralink is to create a device that can help enhance the human brain’s cognitive capabilities. This device would be used for both therapeutic and non-therapeutic reasons. However, Neuralink is currently focused on making medical devices.
The device will be able to help paraplegics with simple tasks like operating a phone or interacting with a computer. This will be done by sending and receiving electrical signals through your brain to machines (phone/PC). Moreover, it can also be used to restore the memory, speech and movement of a paralysed person. In addition, the technology could also help patients with disorders such as epilepsy, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Is Neuralink Possible?
Certainly, and with a lot of hard work and effort. Besides, Musk has a reputation for refusing to accept "that's impossible".
Many technologies have already been developed which are capable of interfacing with the brain. The best example of this is the Brain-Computer Interface (BCI). BCIs are currently used to help control prosthetic devices that are being used by people who are completely paralyzed. For example, someone using a BCI can do things from controlling their paralyzed limbs to shopping online by just thinking about moving a computer cursor.
However, in order for Neuralink to become possible, it would need to be much more than a BCI. One of the major hurdles that Neuralink would need to overcome is the complexity of the human brain. Several key aspects of the brain are still unknown, even to neuroscientists.
Additionally, Neuralink will also need to be able to interface with the brains of different people. This means that the Neuralink technology will not only have to be compatible with people's brains but will also need to adapt to the different mental processes of each individual user.
In conclusion, the idea of Neuralink may seem incredibly ambitious. However, as of today, the only thing that is actually known is that Musk has already started working on this project. Therefore, we can only wait and see how far Neuralink will get.