Five Things That You Should Know About Neuralink

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Five Things That You Should Know About Neuralink

We all know Elon Musk, but do we know about Neuralink?

When one mentions Elon Musk, we all think “Ah, yes, the SpaceX guy,” or “Yep, the CEO of Tesla.” But what little people know about is his Neuralink Corporation.

So what exactly is Neuralink? Let’s find out in more detail.

1. Neuralink is a gadget that goes into your brain (not on your head).

Yup, just a gadget, but it can do so many things. But in order for it to work, the miniscule instrument must be “surgically inserted into the brain using robotics by neurosurgeons.” Placing the gadget outside of the head cannot detect crystal-clear brain signals.

To simply describe this procedure of inserting Neuralink into our system, the link (as shown in the image above) would be implanted into the skull. The link is a chipset that has electrodes connected to insulated wires so that those wires would be used to install the link into the skull.

2. Neuralink can make you do anything without actually doing anything.

Well yes, brain activity is needed….but not the lifting or touching that you need to do when you have to pick up a pencil. But how can you do something without really doing much with such a small gadget?

The brain is the answer to this question. Without the brain, there is no working Neuralink brain chip. Although it looks like a slimy load on the surface, the brain is a very complex organ. It is how we do what we do every single day, every single minute, and every single millisecond.

The brain consists of neurons that transmit signals to all of our cells in our bodies. But neurons are not just ordinary cells lying around in our head. At one end there is the dendrite that receives incoming signals from other neurons. After getting some signals, the dendrite passes them on to the soma, or the cell body of the neuron, to process and send down the axon. The axon brings the signal to the other end of the neuron, sometimes called the axon tip or terminal branches, where it gets sent to other neurons, through synapses. This is where neurotransmitters, chemical messengers, cross the synaptic gaps between neurons and bind to receptor sites on the receiving neuron so that the signal can possibly keep being passed until it is outputted as an action. Throughout this process, the electrodes in Neuralink would read the electrical signals produced by these neurons and output them as some form of action.

3. Neuralink could be able to fix and enhance vision.

Neuralink has quite a few other capabilities besides new telekinesis powers, and superhuman vision could be another one of them.

Neuralink can potentially be a visual prosthetic for people who are visually impaired with retinal injury or blindness by essentially plugging a camera into the visual cortex and stimulating a lot of electrodes to recreate visual image.

There is also a possibility that it can bring enhanced vision to us, according to Elon Musk himself. People can gain the ability to view the world in different wavelengths (infrared, UV, etc.) by simply naming their frequency and dynamically adjusting the sensor.

4. Telepathy and the erasing of pain and sickness are also on the way.

You know it! Telepathic abilities could arrive sooner than we think, thanks to Neuralink. According to Musk and one of the lead chip designers at Neuralink, it takes a whole lot of effort to compress thoughts into words. Neuralink could save our mental energy and help us to communicate better by sending thoughts.

Additionally, Neuralink has the possibility to eradicate pain and diseases, including mental illnesses. Phobias, depression, and anxiety could be no more. With this gadget, one could pick up chemical signals that predict an impending disease and be able to prevent it more.

5. Is Neuralink ethical?

As with many other inventions such as CRISPR-Cas9 and the advent of facial recognition in smartphones, Neuralink comes with some possible ethical issues and pitfalls, depending on how it is used.

Interference with autonomy and altering behavior is a potential problem, especially when it comes to human and animal interactions. The autonomy of an organism is a substantial part of its identity. So altering animal behavior for the benefit of the human species (e.g. altering the behavior of a cow to eat more so that you get better meat) is not generally considered morally acceptable.

Additionally, it could widen socioeconomic gaps and create a stronger divide between the wealthy and the poor. Likely the technologies that Neuralink uses could only be accessible to the rich. Therefore, at least when it is first introduced, it could make middle-class and lower-class lives harder, as well as make social mobility harder for them.

With Neuralink comes almost a limitless amount of new capabilities for us. However, we must also keep in mind any potential setbacks that can come with this gadget.

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