Elon Musk’s Brain Chip


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Elon Musk, the creator of PayPal and SpaceX, wants to implant chips into the brains of paralyzed people to make their lives easier.  Elon Musk wants to create a brain chip for the people who are paralyzed. Elon Musk believes that the brain chip can cure memory loss, depression, hearing loss, and insomnia. The brain chip will work as a Fitbit in their brains. The coin-sized chip can access many different types of technology, smartphones, and robotic limbs. This happens in just a single thought. The original model of the chip was wired and used Neuralink technology. Neuralink technology is tech that is controlled by the brain. Elon Musk’s new remodeled chip is wireless and even smaller. When testing the chip, Musk inserted the chip into a pig named Gertrude. When the pig was searching for food, the pig was able to receive signals from the smell and was able to find the food. This helped the pig find his food easier with more brain signals to find where it exactly is.  The technology that allows the brain chip to control electronics with the brain is called Neuralink

In one of Elon Musk’s presentations, he revealed the gadget he used to implant the chip into the pig’s ear. The gadget was to implant the chips into animals or humans. So far, the coin-shaped chip is the closest thing to artificial intelligence. The chip is inserted into the brain via surgery. The primary purpose is to help people who are injured or have diseases. Elon’s prediction is the brain chip will go far beyond what people expect. If a person received the chip, they could access all the information and technology they want with the thought of their mind. The chip can help paralyzed people operate technology without having to worry about moving. Elon Musk’s previous prediction was that the brain chip would be available in 2020, but in a recent interview, he said that he thinks it will likely be postponed.

This Fitbit like chip is less than an inch in diameter. Like a Fitbit, the chip can tell time, steps, and more things like a Fitbit would do. He also claims in his presentations that the chips can help the paralyzed, and it will simplify the complication of hearing loss and blindness. The way the chip would help the blind of the deaf is that it would send signals from artificial eyes or ears. There are two parts to the brain chip needed to receive signals, so after the brain chip surgery, another implant needs to happen. There needs to be a signal receiver behind the ear that needs to connect and receive the signals from the brain chip. The chip behind the ear receives the neuron signals that the brain chip senses, but most of the knowledge and technology are located in the brain chip. Although being part robot could be concerning, Elon Musk’s brain chip could have great potential in helping the world and changing the future.