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Elon Musk's Neuralink to connect the human brain to a computer this year

Elon Musk’s next business venture and one of his most ambitious projects is to make the human brain and computers directly connected. The project is called Neuralink and what until now seemed something that was only science fiction could materialize in less than we expected.

A few days ago, Musk revealed that his latest startup plans to show an update to its brain-computer interface later this year. Thus, before the end of 2020, the first public tests could be seen with this innovation that has been viewed with suspicion by many.

Neuralink has evolved step by step. Last July, the South African entrepreneur and inventor had assured that his technology had already allowed a monkey to control a computer with his brain. In addition, the also co-founder of PayPal, Tesla, SpaceX or Hyperloop predicted that by the end of last year his device could be used by a patient with brain injuries or congenital defects. It seems that he was too optimistic about the date, as this could finally be delayed by almost a year.

In a tweet the tech guru stated that “the profound impact of high-precision, high-bandwidth neural interfaces has been underestimated. Neuralink may be ready for humans as early as this year . ” Elon Musk assures that the next version compared to the one presented in 2019 will be “incredible”.

It will be seen in a keynote

To show Neuralink in all its splendor, Musk has announced that there will be a live event next summer. The truth is that the entrepreneur (and his audience) love gimmicky keynotes, even if they don’t always turn out well, as happened recently with the presentation of the Cybertruck armored vehicle a few months ago.

However, Musk has been quite cautious with his invention and predicts that there is still time for it to be used on the market . “First we need to make it super secure and easy to use and then determine the highest return versus risk. From the initial work to the production and implementation in volume there is a long way to go ”, he stated in another tweet.

Musk is convinced that the possibility of connecting the brain to a computer has multiple applications and possibilities and could be something revolutionary for fields such as health . For example, he believes it can help us overcome disabilities and injuries, improve accessibility, and compensate for entire sections of the brain that have been lost due to a stroke or accident. “The potential is really transformative to restore motor and brain functions,” he says. Ultimately, it even envisions how it could help us compete with the increasingly intelligent artificial intelligence.

If all goes according to plan Musk believes Neuralink will be as disruptive for many patients as Tesla has been for electric cars or SpaceX for rockets.

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