Elon Musk revealed the latest prototype of his brain-computer interface startup, Neuralink. The prototype was tested on a live pig. The Neuralink was able to read the pig’s brain activity without causing any damage. The current iteration of the Neuralink is also wireless, featuring a day-long battery which can be recharged using induction and has the capability to connect with your smartphone.
Procedure connecting Neuralink with the brain
Talking about the new technology, Elon Musk said, “It’s kind of like a Fitbit in your skull with tiny wires. I could have a Neuralink right now and you wouldn’t even know. Maybe I do.” Going into further details about the device, Elon Musk revealed that it is about the size “of a coin” and can replace a piece of the skull. During the presentations the billionaire entrepreneur touched on several potential scenarios where his device could be implemented in the future, such as summoning a ‘’tesla telepathically, controlling a computer and solving important brain and spine problems with a seamlessly implanted device.”
Supercut of the presentation – CNET
Speaking further on the possibilities of the new technology, Musk stated that, “In the future you’ll be able to save and replay memories. This is increasingly sounding like a Black Mirror episode. Ultimately you could download them into a new body or a robot body.” Speaking about the commercial viability of the device, he reportedly said that it was going to be really expensive at first but that they would try getting the price down to a few thousand dollars.