Neuralink Will Update on Getting to Human Trials on Brain Interfaces

Neuralink will provide an update on their brain interface work in August and the expectation is that there will be progress on initial human trials. Elon Musk recently tweeted that the system could feed music directly into the brain.

Neuralink last reported in 2019, that it had a sewing machine-like device capable of implanting thousands of 4 to 6 micron in wide threads into the brain. They demonstrated reading information from a lab rat using 1,500 electrodes and anticipated to start experiments with humans in 2020.

Brain-machine interfaces (BMIs) should restore sensory and motor function and the treatment of neurological disorders. Neuralink is progressing to a scalable high-bandwidth BMI system. The 2019 system has arrays of small and flexible electrode threads which can scale to 3,072 electrodes per array distributed across 96 threads. There is a neurosurgical robot capable of inserting six threads (192 electrodes) per minute.

SOURCES – Neuralink
Written By Brian Wang, Nextbigfuture.com

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