Musk's brain-computer interface device is really coming(electronics manufacturing expo news)

19 Jul 2019

Musk founded Neuralink in July 2016 to create an “ultra-high bandwidth brain-computer interface that connects humans and computers”. The company said in 2017 that its original goal was to design brain interfaces to alleviate the symptoms of chronic diseases.

However, it is widely believed that the real electronics manufacturing expo purpose of Musk is far from this. He often warns that the rapid development of AI will threaten the survival of human beings, which is a survival risk for humans.

Musk reiterated again on Tuesday night that one of Neuralink's goals was to treat brain diseases. He said: "We can use chips to solve this problem."

Neuralink, a startup founded by Elon Musk, is a company that secretly develops brain-computer interfaces. It has shown the public a number of electronics manufacturing expo technologies developed over the past two years. The company's ultimate goal is to implant brain-computer interface devices on paralyzed patients so they can control their phones or computers with their minds.

One of Neuralink's first major advances was the development of flexible "threads" that are less susceptible to damage to the brain than materials currently used in brain-computer interfaces. According to a white paper published by Musk and Neuralink, these threads also create the possibility of transmitting larger amounts of data. The summary points out that the system can include "up to 3072 electrodes per array, which are distributed over 96 threads."

These threads are about 4 to 6 microns wide and are thinner than human electronics manufacturing expo hair. In addition to developing threads, another major breakthrough for Neuralink is the development of machines that automatically embed threads. On Tuesday night in the United States, Musk made a large-scale presentation of Neuralink's research, although he said it was not just for hype.

Musk said: "The main reason for this demonstration is to recruit talent." He called on people to actively submit job applications. Maxink's president, Max Hodak, also admitted that he was initially not sure "this technology is a good idea," but Musk made him believe that this is possible.

In an interview with The New York Times, Neuralink scientists said that in the future they would like to use a laser beam to penetrate the skull instead of drilling. The white paper states that early experiments will be conducted by electronics manufacturing expo neuroscientists at Stanford University. Musk declared: "We hope to conduct clinical validation on human patients before the end of next year."

In the Q&A session after the presentation, Musk revealed the electronics manufacturing expo results that other members of the team did not know: a monkey could use his brain to control the computer.

Musk said: "Nueuralink does not suddenly have this kind of neural network, and begins to take over people's brains. Finally, I hope to achieve symbiosis with artificial intelligence (AI)." Therefore, he hopes to create a kind of AI fusion electronics manufacturing expo technology. He later added: "Our brain is hidden in the tank, the cylinder is our skull. Our goal is to read nerve impulses from the brain."

The first patient to undergo brain implantation was Matthew Nagle, in which he could control the computer cursor through the brain. In 2006, Nagel, who suffered from spinal cord injury, achieved a feat of using only thinking to play table tennis. He told The New York Times that it took only four days to master this basic action.

Since then, as part of scientific research, paralyzed patients with brain-interface devices in the brain have been able to focus objects and move electronics manufacturing expo robotic arms in the laboratory. The system used by Nagel and others was called BrainGate, originally developed at Brown University.

Neuralink President Hodak said in the report: "Neural connections are not coming out of thin air. This technology has a long history of academic research. In a sense, we are built on the shoulders of giants." Some techniques do not meet Neuralink's goal of directly reading nerve spikes in a minimally invasive manner.

The system shown today, if functioning properly, could be a major upgrade to the old technology. BrainGate relies on the Utah Array, a series of hard electronics manufacturing expo pins that support up to 128 electrode channels.

The Utah array not only has fewer channels than Neuralink promises, but means less data is received from the brain and is harder than Neualink's threads. This is a problem for long-term function: the brain moves in the skull, but the hard electronics manufacturing expo needles of the array are not, which can cause damage. The thin polymer used by Neuralink solves this problem.

However, because of its flexibility, Neuralink's technology is more difficult to implant than the Utah array. To solve this problem, the company developed "a neurosurgical robot that automatically inserts 6 threads per minute (192 electrodes)." In the electronics manufacturing expo photo, it looks a bit like a mixture of a microscope and a sewing machine. It also avoids blood vessels, which may

cause less inflammatory reactions in the brain.

For Musk, the core issue of interaction with AI is actually "bandwidth." Compared to voice or thumb output, Musk is developing technology that can receive electronics manufacturing expo information faster. Therefore, his goal is that this system can help humans communicate directly with the machine more quickly.

Finally, the white paper says that Neuralink has developed a custom chip that better reads, cleans, and amplifies signals from the brain. Currently, it can only transfer data over a wired connection (using USB-C), but the ultimate goal is to create a system that works wirelessly.

This goal will be reflected in what Neuralink calls the “N1 Sensor”, which is designed to be embedded in the human body and transmit data wirelessly. It may read fewer electronics manufacturing expo neurons than current USB-based prototypes. Neuralink intends to implant four sensors, three in the motion zone and one in the body sensor zone. It will be wirelessly connected to an external device mounted behind the ear and controlled by the iPhone app.

Hordak added: "We have to go through the entire FDA review process, but we haven't done that yet," said Neuralink's chief surgeon Matthew MacDougall, who said on Tuesday that safety is the primary goal. Eventually they hope it will be "more like a femtosecond laser (Lasik)" eye surgery, including the need to eliminate general anesthesia. Although the first patients did not have this non-invasive experience.

However, the company is still researching mice to ensure the stability of the system. But if successful, the application of this technology will be very broad. By robotic electronics manufacturing expo surgery implanting "high-bandwidth" brain connection technology, using flexible, thin "thread" connections, many neuron activities can be recorded, and we hope to get better and more accurate results than previous brain-computer interfaces.

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