Elon Musk has once again drawn the whole world’s attention with his start-up Neuralink’s demonstration. He has unveiled progress updates of the Neuralink brain chip implant on the pig named Gertrude which had
the implantation two months earlier. Neuralink is a chip that connects brains and computers. Its main goal is to help people dealing with brain and spinal cord injuries or congenital defects.
Musk started livestream saying “I think it’s going to blow your minds.”. He said that all of our senses: sight, hearing, feeling and pains are all electrical sent by neurons to the brain and Neuralink can be the solution for the one who is having issues with neurological issues. He added “It’s like a Fitbit in your skull with tiny wires.”
The neuralink chip Link V0.9 was disclosed during the live broadcast. The chip is a small coin like device (23mm x 8mm) and has 1,024 tiny electrode threads to stimulate neurons. The Link device is designed so as to charge it overnight having all day battery life. It is using Bluetooth to connect the outer computer or devices.
In the pig demonstration, he has shown how the signals sent by the implanted chip implanted on Pig brain is recorded and analyzed. The system was set to display visual dots to indicate as it smelled the food and
other activities. The beeps sound was also heard in real time whenever the Link chip got the message of Gertrude contacting anything with its snout.
There were two other pigs beside Gertrude, Joyce and Dorothy. Joyce is a pig who never had a Link chip installed on it. Dorothy had the Link chip installed and removed after a specific time period. It demonstrated
that the health of any pigs were not affected by Neuralink brain chip implantation. This showed that it would not have any adverse effects on health having a Neuralink and decided to uninstall or upgrade the
Neuralink. There will be a very systematic way of removal and upgrade.
He said that they are making incredible progress on clinical studies. He also announced that they received a breakthrough designation by FDA in July, 2020 and are preparing for human implantation sooner seeking
the required approvals and assuring more safety testing.
Neuralink has received $158 millions funding out of which Musk has funded $100 millions and has employed around 100 staff members working for it. He explained that the purpose of the Pig demo presentation is to recruit the employees who are willing to develop the system.
Musk’s companies SpaceX and Tesla have got attention from the world with his innovations and actions to drive progress in spaceflight and electric vehicles respectively. Neuralink will be another great product in neuroscience. It will develop a new way to connect human brains with the digital world.