Talk about having a song stuck in your head! Elon Musk has claimed that his Neuralink startup, which is creating a brain-computer interface, will let users stream music straight to their brains.
More information about Neuralink should be revealed next month on August 28, however, Musk has been talking a bit about it in his Tweets over the last few days, and even recruiting employees.
If you’ve solved hard problems with phones / wearables (sealing, signal processing, inductive charging, power mgmt, etc), please consider working at firstname.lastname@example.org
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 18, 2020
Responding to a question by a computer scientist on Twitter, Musk confirmed that the implementation of Neuralink would allow users to listen to music directly from the chip.
If we implement neuralink – can we listen to music directly from our chips? Great feature. https://t.co/RwVLnS5JbL
— Austin Howard (@a_howard8) July 19, 2020
There is little we know about the brain chip. In 2019, during a presentation, the company showed off a device that gets linked to the brain through holes made in the skull, which are cut with lasers.
Neuralink was founded by Musk in 2016 with the aim of developing a high-bandwidth, implantable brain-computer interface.
According to Futurism, the earliest intentions for use of the brain chip are geared towards fixing broken neural connections in people who suffer from brain disorders such as Parkinson’s.
In addition, the Scientific American reports that Musk’s vision includes creating the ability for humans to merge with artificial intelligence.
Musk also responded positively when another Twitter user inquired about whether the chip would be able to assist with the increased release of chemicals in the brain such as oxytocin and serotonin.
Do you think @neuralink will be able to stop rapid firing, when needed, in neural networks, for patients with OCD? Possibly even stimulate the release of oxytocin, serotonin, and other chemicals when needed? Will it be able to artificially work the neuron & synapses like that?
— 👸🏼🐝 (@BWillOfficial) July 19, 2020
The Scientific American reported that Musk has intentions to start implanting these chips into human brains by next year.
While this is all just speculation, the potential of the chip seems to be intriguing to many.
Watch the introduction of Neuralink here:
Introducing Neuralink https://t.co/7EF34GGwN4
— Neuralink (@neuralink) July 26, 2019
Image: Screenshot from video