Elon Musk recently held a press conference showing the world Neurolink. The produce could bring a world of benefits of health and even a bit of entertainment.
Neurolink will attempt to make a connection to a human brain. This interface will last decades without the need of replacing. The N1 unit will fit into a small package that is an eighth-millimeter diameter and a fourth millimeter tall.
The wearable piece will connect via BluTooth via an app to your device. I realize this sounds like something out of a Sci-Fi movie. A robot will delicately insert hundreds of threads into the cortex in under an hour. This will go into a safe area of the brain. This procedure will be non-invasive. The wearable piece will go behind the ear.
Some of the goals of Neurolink include being able to treat brain disorders. The hope is to preserve and enhance the human brain. This could allow functionality such as people that have lost the use of limbs through paralysis to control artificial limbs. There are many more benefits to the project even going as far as being able to stream music to your brain.
There are no doubt a lot of questions around a project like this. The first question I have is who owns the data? This is a very cool venture but could be dangerous. Neurlink would be ultimately controlled by a tech giant. What is to stop things like ads from running though your brain in between songs (I realize that sounds a bit far fetched)?
The other concern I have is if Neurlink can induce a calming state or treat brain disorders then what happens when it fails? The idea of being able to correct these imbalances is incredible. There is, however, that small part of me that worries what happens if it doesn’t work or backfires. There are a lot of very smart people working on this project and I am sure that it is being monitored very closely by a lot of people.
My hope is that this can be a major leap forward for mankind. That things like dementia and other things that plague our society in the brain have the ability to be addressed. The world could become a much better place with something like this out and available.