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On the Brink of the Link: Linking Man and Machine

Technology that seems to belong to the realm of science fiction is closer to reality than ever before in the form of Neuralink.

Reid Kaikini

Neuralink is a company which aims to achieve a symbiosis between man and machine. The initial goal of the Neuralink is to help people with paralysis regain independence through the control of computers and mobile devices. The Neuralink has the potential to treat a wide range of neurological disorders, to restore sensory and movement function, and eventually to expand how people interact with each other and with technology.

So how does it work?

Micron-scale threads are inserted into areas of the brain that control movement. Each thread contains many electrodes which detect an electrical impulse, or neural spike, from nerve cells, showing that the brain is at work. When electrical impulses are detected, the Neuralink transmits the data and allows for seamless communication between devices. Currently, the Neuralink has 1024 channels which are all capable of stimulating and processing neural spikes as information. The animals who have the Link applied to their brains have received no brain damage and their neurons are being observed by a twin - photon microscopy (which allows for real time view of neuron activities). The process of the Neuralink application is carried out by a robot and the Link is added to a person with general anesthesia and is an outpatient service (You can leave the hospital the same day of the implant). The Link is inductively charged and the battery lasts all day.

This revolutionary technology is said to make languages obsolete in the near future through translation capabilities. When the not-so-distant future arrives we can count on the Neuralink to catapult humanity to another evolutionary step.

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Unknown member
Aug 02, 2021

Loved reading about this Reid!

Very useful!

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