Elon Musk’s Neuralink, the secretive company developing brain-machine interfaces, has introduced the “threads” for reading information from the brain and a device that implants them automatically. The goal is to eventually begin implanting devices in paralyzed humans, allowing them to control phones or computers.
Flexible “threads,” which are 4 to 6 μm in width, create the possibility of transferring a higher volume of data, according to a white paper credited to “Elon Musk & Neuralink.” The abstract notes that the system could include “as many as 3,072 electrodes per array distributed across 96 threads.” Another big advance is a machine that automatically embeds “threads” .
Early experiments will be done with neuroscientists at Stanford University, according to that report. In the future, scientists from Neuralink hope to use a laser beam to get through the skull, rather than drilling holes.
The first paralyzed person to receive a brain implant that allowed him to control a computer cursor was Matthew Nagle. In 2006, Nagle, who had a spinal cord injury, played Pong using only his mind; the basic movement required took him only four days to master, he told The New York Times.