Elon Musk demonstrates the operation of Link V0.9, the Neuralink device that reads and interprets nerve impulses in the brain
As we told you yesterday, the company Neuralink which belongs to Elon Musk, he has shown us the Link V0.9, this device is able to read nerve impulses from the brain in real time, this data is analyzed and sent via wireless communication to our Smartphone. The device the size of a coin is implanted hidden flush with the brain, a different design than the one presented a year ago.
In the presentation we could see how Gertrude, a pig that had the device implanted in the area of its brain linked to its snout, when receiving food changes in the values were appreciated and we appreciated a sound, this indicated that the neurons were fired. At the moment it has only been tested in pigs given the similarity to the human brain, although The FDA, the body that controls these devices in the USA, has given the go-ahead for testing in humans, just like Musk said “Like a Fitbit in your skull”.
Thanks to this device, it will help to solve a series of neurological problems in patients with these needs, from memory loss to addiction to warning the user if they are having a heart attack. The device can be implanted in less than an hour thanks to the robot created for this case, without the need for general anesthesia.
This device is not innovative, since these brain-machine interfaces have existed for several years, what makes it innovative is the flexibility and thinness of the electrode-filled wires that are attached to the surface of the brain, not being necessary a large perforation in this, we remember that the most important functions are on the surface of the brain, such as vision or movement.
It is expected that in this same 2020, clinical trials will begin in people with serious spinal injuries, being able to regain mobility in the long term using a second implant in the spine, it remains a great challenge for them the durability of this device implanted flush with the brain since this is not the best environment for a device of these characteristics. In this way, this presentation has also served to draw the attention of more staff to work at Neuralinkas engineers are required to continue the development of the device.
We leave you with the full presentation.