Neuralink is now ready to talk about its work on brain implants. On October 31, Neuralink will have a “show and tell” progress session, according to Elon Musk. Despite the fact that the prior significant presentation showed a chimpanzee playing Pong, he made no indications as to what to expect. It is not at all surprising to see a comparable example.
A lot might hinge on this demonstration. Human tests have not yet begun, and the Food and Drug Administration has not indicated how close Neuralink may be to receiving permission. The bulk of the co-founders have left the company since it was founded six years ago. When paired with Fortune’s unofficial reports of a dysfunctional workplace environment, the episode may indicate Neuralink’s general state of health.
The time is ideal, at least. The news comes at the same time as claims that Neuralink has offered to invest in Synchron, a rival that just finished what seems to be the first endovascular brain-computer interface implant in the US. Even if a contract is not assured, a meeting like this might reveal any prospective participation by Synchron.
When will Neuralink be Ready?
The first human clinical study is anticipated to begin in 2020, according to Neuralink executives 2019. Musk announced in April that the company was on track to complete its first human Neuralink trial by the end of 2022.
Despite announcing in January that it was looking to hire a clinical trial director, Neuralink has not yet made clear when it intends to begin human research. The company’s website states that clinical investigations have not yet begun.
The company plans to focus on producing medical equipment before releasing a product for non-medical purposes.
Neuralink is developing two pieces of equipment. The first involves inserting an electrode-equipped chip into someone’s skull and into their brain.
- Neuralink is developing a coin-sized chip that would be placed in a person’s skull. The device projects a network of minuscule wires into the patient’s brain, each roughly 20 times thinner than a human hair.
- 1,024 electrodes are included in the wires, which might be used to measure brain activity and, in principle, stimulate the brain electrically. This data is wirelessly sent by the chip to computers so that it may be studied by researchers.
What will Neuralink do?
- Neuralink is creating a brain-computer interface (BCI) that will allow people to wirelessly control a computer or mobile device with their brains “just by thinking about it,” according to its website.
- If the gadget is successful, those with paralysis and other neurological problems may benefit most from it.
- The goal of Neuralink is to implant microscopic, flexible threads containing electrodes into the regions of the brain that control movement using a surgical robot. The threads are connected to “the link,” an implant that transmits and processes brain signals.
- With the use of a Neuralink app, implant users would be able to control their keyboard and mouse with only their thoughts.