Elon Musk says an ‘awesome’ Neuralink update is coming soon

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Neuralink plans to test its brain machine interface technology with 4 of its N1 chips installed under patients' skin.

Neuralink plans to test its brain machine interface technology with 4 of its N1 chips installed under patients’ skin.


Neuralink; Screenshot by Stephen Shankland/CNET

Elon Musk believes that hooking our brains up to computers can help humans overcome disabilities and injuries and eventually compete with ever-smarter artificial intelligence. The billionaire said Sunday that his side startup Neuralink will show off an update to its developing brain-computer interface technology later this year that will be, in a word, “awesome.”

Last July, Musk said that the tech has already allowed a monkey to control a computer with its brain in tests and that he hoped “aspirationally” to have the device in a human patient with brain or spinal cord injuries, or congenital defects, by the end of 2019. 

That didn’t pan out, and Musk now says it could happen “as soon as this year.”






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He chimed in Sunday on a Twitter thread from noted tech investor and Tesla Motors true believer Cathie Wood that was originally published in mid-January.

“The profound impact of high bandwidth, high precision neural interfaces is underappreciated. Neuralink may have this in a human as soon as this year,” Musk tweeted, adding later: “Wait until you see the next version vs what was presented last year. It’s *awesome*.”

Musk went on to say that a follow-up live event will probably happen sometime this sum