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Elon Musk's Neuralink may help you control iPhone with your mind in the future

ByFields Corrielus 2019-07-17 1182

Musk's Neuralink, Musk's brain-computer interface company, revealed in a speech at the California Academy of Sciences that the company plans to begin human trials of its neuron reading technology next year. The company plans to use artificial intelligence technology to enhance human capabilities, and imagines that the first application scenario is to allow people to control iPhone directly with the consciousness of the brain. 

Currently, Neuralink is developing hair microprocessors that connect to the brain through thinner lines (about 4 to 6 microns wide) than human hair. These sensors are installed on the surface of the skull of the brain, allowing the information to be transmitted to the wearable computer "Link" behind the ear to capture information from electrodes located on thin lines that may penetrate the brain by a few centimeters. In this way, the brain can be connected to the iPhone via APP. 

Elon Musk's Neuralink

Elon Musk's Neuralink

Max Hodak, president of Neuralink, explains that with a little training, your brain can control the cursor and keyboard. The APP will receive information from the brain via Link and function like a keyboard, which can be very useful for people with disabilities. Max says its goal is for patients to learn to control their brain-computer devices and no longer rely on doctors. Let the patient adapt to his brain-computer interface as if he were operating a mouse and a mobile phone.

 Elon Musk's Neuralink

He also said that NeuraLink plans to work with human testing subjects for the first time next year, and will work with neurosurgeons at Stanford University and other institutions.

It is not clear how long it will take to achieve this kind of consciousness control, Neuralink said. It is still a long way from providing commercial products and services. But if the company can do what it wants, it will revolutionize the way people interact with artificial intelligence. 

Is it safe? Animal tests are currently under way

Of course, the most interesting topic for this brain-computer project, which sounds very cool, is it safe? At the press conference, Matt Macdougall, a brain surgeon who currently works for Neuralink, expressed his top safety concerns. Security is Neuralink's top concern right now, he says, and the company has made a lot of efforts to do so.

For example, minimize the sensor in the interface, so that you can minimize the amount of damage and bleeding at the time of implantation.

Max said the project is currently working with the University of California to test and get good results in monkeys. 

In addition, the project is also in the process of obtaining the relevant terms and agreements of the (FDA) of the United States Drug Administration, and the project will certainly be under supervision. 

According to Shivon Zilis, director of neural network projects, Musk has been actively working to help address the engineering challenges facing Neuralink. The company has received $158 million in funding and has 90 employees.

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