Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk’s neuroscience startup Neuralink unveiled on Friday a pig that has had a coin-sized computer chip in its brain for two months, demonstrating an early step toward the goal of curing human diseases with the same type of implant.
Musk described Neuralink’s sensor, which is roughly eight millimeters in diameter, or smaller than a fingertip, as “a Fitbit in your skull with tiny wires.”
With the help of a sophisticated robot, flexible threads or wires smaller than a human hair are implanted in brain areas responsible for motor and sensory functions, while the recipient is under only local anesthesia. The device is removable, Musk said.
Co-founded by Musk in 2016, San Francisco-based Neuralink aims to implant wireless brain-computer interfaces that include thousands of electrodes in the most complex human organ to help cure neurological conditions like Alzheimer’s, dementia and spinal cord injuries and ultimately, fuse humankind with artificial intelligence.
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