Elon Musk has successfully implanted his Neuralink, which sends electronic signals to increase brain activity, into a pig’s brain.
Musk is a South-African born American entrepreneur who founded Tesla, SpaceX, and co-founded PayPal. His newest project, called Neuralink, is still in the testing phase.
Gertrude the pig can be seen in the demonstration responding to prompts through the link. Throughout the demonstration, Musk shows the pig’s brain activity on the screen increasing when commands are sent through the computer.
Uses for the Technology
This technology communicates with brain cells via a Bluetooth link to an outside computer. The project’s stated goal is to use this to help with diseases such as Parkinson’s, brain and spinal cord injuries, congenital defects, and paraplegia or quadriplegia.
“If you can sense what people want to do with their limbs, you can do a second implant where the spinal injury occurred and create a neural shunt. I’m confident in the long term it’ll be possible to restore somebody’s full body motion,” Musk stated.