8 Things you don’t know about NeuraLink
Neuralink is a device that will be surgically implanted into the brain by neurosurgeons using robotics. A chipset known as the link is implanted in the skull during this procedure. It is made up of a number of insulated wires that are connected to the electrodes used in the process. Posted On July 13th, 2021
Cost of the Microchip
A brain surgery is required to implant the chip. This surgery, which is expected to take less than an hour, is performed almost entirely by an automated robot designed by Neuralink — at an estimated initial cost of $10-20 million.
Challenges That Neuralink Must Overcome
There are some challenges are there that are yet to overcome such as FDA approval and legal and medical concerns, there are privacy and ethical concerns — for example, hackers could theoretically gain access to other people's brains via a BCI.
The Chip Would Be Inserted With Something Similar to a Sewing Machine
Neuralink is developing a robotic installer that will eventually handle the entire surgical installation process. This entails opening the scalp, removing a portion of the skull, inserting hundreds of "thread" electrodes and an accompanying computer chip, and then closing the incision.
Start-up Costs and Who Is Investing
Neuralink is a privately held company with a number of investors. Elon Musk has put the most money into the company, putting in a total of $100 million. Craft Ventures, DFJ Growth, Dreamers VC, Future Ventures (San Francisco), and Valor Equity Partners have each contributed $58 million.
The three little pigs – Joyce, Dorothy and Gertrude
The Neuralink team brought out three pigs to demonstrate the device: Joyce, who had no implant, and Gertrude, who had an implant that monitored neurons in her snout. Musk showed a screen that showed live signals from Gertrude's Neuralink device as she rummaged through some hay, produced when she touched her snout to food or the ground.
The Neuralink Chip Gives Us Much to Think About
With Neuralink, you can send real thoughts and communicate much more effectively. You could begin to tap into those basic concepts you're thinking in your head.
The Chip Could Make Us Smarter Than Robots
The chip is an attempt to give humans a chance to be as intelligent as robots are. Chips may forever change our minds with Neuralink, which aims to improve the human body and help us compete with AI by implanting brain chips.
Neuralink’s Brain Chip Is Envisioned to Cure Anything
The electrodes in the Neuralink will read electrical signals produced by various neurons in the brain. The signals are then output as an action or movement. According to the company's website, the device is implanted directly in the brain because placing it outside the head will not accurately detect brain signals.