Tech genius and billionaire Elon Musk introduced his new controversial brain chip on Friday 28 August as he gave the world the first glimpse at the new invention during the online live-streamed conference.
Musk described the new device as like a ‘Fitbit in your skull with tiny wires,’ claiming that the new brain chip would one day be able to cure everything.
Musk introduced a pig named Gertrude, who underwent surgery for the implementation of the brain chip, to show the development of the device.
“We have a healthy and happy pig, initially shy but obviously high energy and, you know, kind of loving life, and she’s had the implant for two months,” Musk stated during the conference for Neuralink.
Neuralink was founded by Musk in 2016, with the core idea of creating a wireless brain chip. Scientists hope that the chip will one day be able to cure a number of neurological conditions and allow people with paralysis to control a computer.
Then, last year, Musk revealed his design for implanting tiny electrode ‘threads’ into the brain, in addition to another device behind the ear.
The device unveiled on Friday appeared much smaller and much slicker than the design revealed by Musk last year. The device will be implanted in the brain by a surgical robot under local anaesthetic.
During the conference Musk also brought a second pig named Dorothy and explained that she also had one of the devices implanted, but it was later removed.
“What Dorothy illustrates is that you can put in the Neuralink, remove it, and be healthy, happy and indistinguishable from a normal pig.”
The majority of the brain chip’s functions is reported to be aimed at medical application. Musk also stated that he hopes the devices will help human intelligence compete with artificial intelligence, as he considers it to be an ‘existential threat’.