August 26, 2020 – 14:27 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net – Entrepreneur and industrial designer Elon Musk has revealed more details about a promised development update for Neuralink, the brain-computer interface designed to help people with severe brain injuries, Engadget reports.
Musk said the company will show a “working Neuralink device” during a live webcast on Friday, August 28 at 3PM PT/6PM ET (2:00 AM Saturday, Armenia time).
Last summer, Neuralink showed off its progress at a detailed launch event. A “sewing machine” robot would plant thread-like electrodes deep in to 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 people have seen so far. “Don’t want to get too excited, but the potential is truly transformational for restoring brain & motor functions,” he tweeted earlier.