I remember the first time I heard about Neuralink. I thought it was some joke or some distant thing in the future. Then I heard that Elon Musk was behind it and knew right away that this bonkers technology would be with us sooner than any of us had imagined.
The concept of Neuralink is simple: a chip is implanted in your brain and with this chip, you can control things – computer games, applications, your phone, beam views to other Neuralink users. Elon has also demonstrated the technique that works inside a monkey’s head.
Reality Of Neuralink
Neuralink is very, very real. So real, in fact, that you can now see Neuralink working inside a monkey’s head. This happened back in 2020. Men in white coats at Neuralink put its N1 chip inside a monkey’s head to see if it would work. The results were outstanding.
Elon Musk posted the results on Twitter: A monkey playing the computer game Pong using only the power of his brain. Now, a monkey playing computer games is impressive. But a monkey playing a computer game with his mind is clearly insane.
Whenever I think of Neuralink, it always reminds me of Arthur C Clarke’s famous quote: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic”.
Usually, whenever this quote is moved around arbitrarily, it doesn’t make any sense. The phone is still a phone, no matter how many new devices it has – it doesn’t seem like magic.
But when a monkey is playing a video game with its brain, the speech works just fine. In fact, it seems that Mr. Clarke made the exact same point of view when writing this.
When do Human Trials of Neuralink begin?
Elon Musk has already unleashed his N1-powered monkey on the world, and given the similarities between a monkey’s brain and ours, it’s extremely promising for Neuralink’s future prospects. To date, however, no human trials have been conducted. But Neuralink has now more or less signed it off to the FDA.
Elon Musk says human trials of Neuralink will begin during 2020, though we’re now at the back end of 2021 and, thanks to COVID, that timeline is potentially a bit off. The first human trial of Neuralink is more likely to take place in 2022. They’ve already established it in pigs and monkeys, so the first human to run NeuraLink will probably be doing it before the close of 2022.
Neuralink Isn’t Like It Seems
However, Neuralink isn’t just about playing games with your mind, so don’t think of it that way. Neuralink has the ability to restore vision, help wheelchair-bound people walk again, and wirelessly beam your thoughts to the other person’s mind.
You’ll be able to interact with things like machines, cars, and your phone, as well as things around your home. All from the comfort of their own cranium
This is potentially reality-bending technology. Neuralink is so different, so different from what we’re used to, it would be like going back in time and giving Einstein an iPhone.
Despite his immense wit and wisdom, it will blow his mind – in a good way, most likely. And that’s why when Neuralink’s release comes to a close, there will be a lot of controversy surrounding it.
Elon Musk is messing with what we hold dear most, our minds and consciousness. Not everyone is going to be calm with this sort of thing.
But from a medical science perspective, where Neuralink will initially focus its product, the technology has immense potential. Musk claims it will restore vision, hearing and help people with spinal cord injuries walk again.
And if so, I’m all set for Neuralink. But I think it will take decades for consumers to warm up to the idea of giving mega corporations inside their heads just for fun.
I could be wrong, and I know a bunch of social media influencers will get it as soon as it’s available, but for the average Joe — people like you and me — it will either be too scary or too expensive. Mostly both.
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