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Linking brains to computers: how new implants are helping us achieve this goal

The field of brain-machine interfaces (BMI) – which use electrodes, often implanted into the brain, to translate neuronal information into commands capable of controlling external systems such as a computer or robotic arm – have actually been around for some time. Entrepreneur Elon Musk’s company, Neuralink, is aiming to test their BMI systems on a human patient by the end of 2020.

Brain-machine interfaces are getting better – and Neuralink’s brain implant pushes the pace

Elon Musk grabbed a lot of attention with his July 16 announcement that his company Neuralink plans to implant electrodes into the brains of people with paralysis by next year. Their first goal is to create assistive technology to help people who can’t move or are unable to communicate.

Afraid of mind control? Better not check out Elon Musk’s Neuralink

Elon Musk's new startup, named Neuralink, wants to create a neural link between humans and machines using a ‘sewing machine-like’ robot.

Neuralink wants to wire your brain to the internet – what could possibly go wrong?

Neuralink – which is “developing ultra high bandwidth brain-machine interfaces to connect humans and computers” – is probably a bad idea. If you understand the science behind it, and that’s what you wanted to hear, you can stop reading. But this is an absurdly simple narrative to spin about Neuralink and an unhelpful attitude to have when it comes to understanding the role of technology in the wor...[Read More]

Elon Musk wants to merge man and machine – here’s what he’ll need to work out

Computers and brains already talk to each other daily in high-tech labs – and they do it better and better. For example, disabled people can now learn to govern robotic limbs by the sheer power of their mind. The hope is that we may one day be able to operate spaceships with our thoughts, upload our brains to computers and, ultimately, create cyborgs. Now Elon Musk is joining the race. The CEO of ...[Read More]

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