Why we ought to be excited – and anxious – about Neuralink’s brain-computer interface

April 14, 2021 by No Comments

Some weeks in the past, a nine-year-old macaque monkey known as Pager efficiently performed a sport of Pong with its thoughts.

Whereas it might sound like science fiction, the demonstration by Elon Musk’s neurotechnology firm Neuralink is an instance of a brain-machine interface in motion (and has been carried out earlier than).

A coin-sized disc known as a “Hyperlink” was implanted by a precision surgical robotic into Pager’s mind, connecting 1000’s of micro threads from the chip to neurons answerable for controlling movement.

Mind-machine interfaces might carry great profit to humanity. However to take pleasure in the advantages, we’ll have to handle the dangers all the way down to a suitable stage.

A perplexing sport of Pong