Chip allowing brain-computer communication to come 'before the end of next year' - Elon Musk
Speaking at a conference in San Francisco, Musk presented "version one" of his neuron-sized threads and micro processor chips that he claims will help people with severe brain injuries and eventually grow to allow humans to connect with advancing artificial intelligence (A.I.) technology.
The implantation of the threads, which Musk said are a tenth the size of a human hair, require the use of a special robot, but a minimally invasive surgery.
Once the threads are implanted into the brain, their connecting chip would wirelessly connect with a device worn outside the body.
Neuralink is seeking U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval and while Musk said his preliminary task is to help people with disabilities interface with computers using their minds, the end goal is to keep up with A.I.