Thursday, July 18, 2024

Neuralink brain implant will stream music directly in the user’s brain

Elon Musk’s mysterious Neuralink startup is working on a brain-computer interface capable of establishing symbiosis between humans and computers. The startup is expected to announce new updates on August 28.

On Sunday, Elon Musk suggested that the brain implants developed by his startup Neuralink will be able to play music directly in the user’s brain. When computer scientist Austin Howard asked Musk on Twitter if we could one day listen to music, streaming directly into the brain, through such an interface with no headphone needed. The company’s co-founder answered “yes” without offering more details about the technology.

The entrepreneur also confirmed to another follower that the chips should be able to stimulate, when necessary, the release of hormones, such as oxytocin and serotonin. Apart from this, there’s also a research paper by Elon Musk himself detailing how it is going to happen.

To make that feature and more a reality, Neuralink is hiring engineers to its operations. “If you’ve solved hard problems with phones/wearables (sealing, signal processing, inductive charging, power management, etc.), please consider working at Neuralink,” Musk’s job posting tweet reads.

Neuralink has been working on connecting human brains to computers via implants since 2016, and last year introduced a robot and particularly fine threads for minimally invasive brain surgery. The technology will help improve the lives of people suffering from brain diseases and disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

The company already conducts experiments on animals and, earlier this year, Musk commented on the possibility of starting tests on humans as early as 2020.