Elon Musk is going to start creating cyborgs... next year
If you ever dreamt of living in a world where all your favourite sci-fi gadgets come to reality, Elon Musk is probably your man. Underwater Bond cars? Check. Commercial space visits? Check. Cyborgs? Check.
That’s right, Musk, the man behind Tesla, now wants to work on cybernetic enhancements. It’s not even a dream, this is something the man wants to start shoving into your brain as early as next year.
In a recent livestream, Musk announced that his neurotechnology company, Neuralink, hoped to start implanting devices into humans as early as 2020.
"We hope to have this aspirationally in a human patient before the end of next year," Musk said at a press conference on Tuesday, where he gave updates on the progress of the system. "So this is not far."
Neuralink is a bit of a secretive project of Musk’s, not too much is known about it, apart from it has a home base at a lab at the University of California at Davis. At this lab, leading neuroscientists work away on Musk’s visions. The company has even been pumped with $100 million of Musk’s own cash.
Musk explains that the Neuralink device to go in your head would be a tiny 4mm by 4mm chip – referred to as a brain-machine interface – that would achieve "symbiosis with artificial intelligence."
The chips would stimulate neurons using tiny flexible threads of electrodes. Each electrode thread would be inserted using a robot in a procedure Musk assures is as simple as eye surgery.
"It's not like a major operation — it's sort of equivalent to a LASIK type of thing," he said.
It is hoped the system could treat disorders like Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s, and could also "preserve and enhance" brain function.
Max Hodak, Neuralink's president, added that the system would be wireless and would last "years to decades."
Sadly it seems like these chips won’t let you access the entire internet in your head, so you won’t be a pub quiz master any time soon we’re afraid.