Neuralink, a neurotechnology company founded by Elon Musk, has received FDA approval to begin human trials of its brain-computer interface (BCI) device. The approval is for a small clinical trial involving up to 10 people with severe spinal cord injuries. The trial will test the safety and effectiveness of Neuralink’s BCI device in helping people with spinal cord injuries regain some movement and sensation.
HOW Neuralink works?
Neuralink’s BCIs are made up of a small chip that is implanted into the skull and a wireless transmitter that is worn on the outside of the head. The chip contains a network of electrodes that can record electrical activity from neurons in the brain. The transmitter sends this data to a computer, where it can be analyzed and used to control devices or provide feedback to the user.
Neuralink has already successfully implanted its BCIs in animals, including monkeys and pigs. In 2022, the company announced that it had implanted a BCI in a monkey that was able to play Pong with its mind.
What future holds?
There are many what if? questions with this latest technological advancement. If succeeded we can literally control a human brain!! Nothing less than science fiction. What if we can create and delete memories? What if we can access and intervene in people’s dreams? There are many concerns related to BCIs but it is sure that there will be innumerable benefits of Neuralink`s BCIs.
- Treatment of neurological disorders: Neuralink’s BCIs could be used to treat a variety of neurological disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and spinal cord injuries. By recording electrical activity from the brain, Neuralink’s BCIs could be used to identify and target the neural circuits that are responsible for these disorders.
- Improved human cognition: Neuralink’s BCIs could be used to improve human cognition by enhancing the brain’s ability to process information. For example, Neuralink’s BCIs could be used to help people with memory problems, learning disabilities, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
- Enhanced human-computer interaction: Neuralink’s BCIs could be used to enhance human-computer interaction by allowing people to control devices and computers using their thoughts. This could make it easier for people with disabilities to use technology and could also lead to new and innovative ways of interacting with computers.
What do you think about Neuralink? Do you think the potential benefits outweigh the risks?