Neuralink, the brain implant, created by Elon Musk. Will it make the world a better place?


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Elon Musk, Tesla CEO, Neuralink company is seeking permission to test its brain implant in people soon. Musk’s Neuralink is one of many groups working on linking brains to computers, efforts aimed at helping treat brain disorders, overcoming brain injuries and other applications.

Ashley Pena, Student writer

This illustration made available by the National Institute on Aging/National Institutes of Health depicts cells in an Alzheimer’s affected brain, with abnormal levels of the beta-amyloid protein clumping together to form plaques, brown, that collect between neurons and disrupt cell function. (AP Newroom )

The new brain implant known as Neuralink, created by Elon Musk, has been officially submitted to the FDA for approval. The plan for this device might seem like it is from a sci-fi Netflix series like Black mirror or compared to The Matrix. However, it is the real thing and there are no actors involved. The Neuralink is designed to connect the human brain to the internet. This will allow users to communicate with smart devices and even to others who have the implant without using verbal words. With a simple thought from the brain a command can be taken by the smart devices to type words, play music, or even download files. The device is about 8mm small and has wires smaller than the size of hairs sticking out of it. According to Musk, only a robot can install these chips into your skull and attach it on the brain because of the precision needed. An exponentially skilled surgeon would not be able to complete the task. Once the device is implanted inside your brain, with a small 2mm incision, the brain is supposed to communicate with the device like it does with all our other body parts, by releasing signals to the smart devices for the user to control. The most promising results from the installation of this Neuralink device is the medical side of things. Issues like blindness, paralysis, and lost memory can all be improved or even cured according to Musk. The concerns with this device are however a list longer than we could imagine. The hackers of the internet, could they steal our thoughts or control us? The brain working with a machine to control other devices, is that ahead of our time? If there is one thing, we have to keep in mind it’s that AI, artificial intelligence is something we should tread lightly. What a time we live in, to even fathom the thought of telekinesis and streaming music directly to our brains without having to hold a device. I look forward to seeing what the future holds.