Elon Musk has released more details about the development update for Neuralink, the brain-computer interface which was designed to help folks with severe brain injuries. Mr. Musk hinted that the company will show a “working Neuralink device” during a live webcast on Friday, August 28th at 3 PM PT/6 PM ET.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 26, 2020
Last summer, Neuralink showed off its progress at a detailed launch event. A “sewing machine” robot would plant thread-like electrodes deep into a human brain, which would connect to a pod worn behind the ear. That could then transmit brain signals over Bluetooth, allowing subjects to control a computer or have their brain activity monitored.
Neuralink said it first aims to help amputees, or restore the ability to see, talk, and listen. While the company hasn’t announced any human testing, it has been tried on primates, with Musk saying “a monkey has been able to control a computer with its brain.”
Musk said that the technology shown on Friday would be “awesome” compared to what we’ve seen so far. “Don’t want to get too excited, but the potential is truly transformational for restoring brain & motor functions,” he tweeted earlier this year. We don’t have a link yet for the livestream, but the last event was streamed on Neuralink’s YouTube channel.