Tesla and SpaceX CEO and billionaire owner Elon Musk have recently introduced more information about its upcoming latest project, the Neuralink brain chip. This brain implant is said to retrain the brain cells that may even cure depression and addiction. Here's how it works.
How to deal with depression?
Mental disorders are diseases that are still incurable by medicine intake. There are therapies, but patients have no exact cure to heal from the brain disorder fully. Brain complications like depression or addiction are the ones that reached the highest rates in the United States, especially since the start of the lockdown.
Billionaire Elon Musk, however, has a suggested solution to fight against these disorders-- brain implant. A startup company made by Musk called Neuralink, founded in 2016, has been creating a mini-brain chip that is like a 'sewing machine' device. This brain chip is capable of connecting the human brains to computers.
Its explicit purpose is to provide humans with more highly-advanced artificial intelligence technology. There are no current clues on what really is the main product of Neuralink. Not until Musk himself was asked on Twitter.
On Thursday, July 9, the billionaire was asked about the benefits of using the brain chip-- more specifically for mental disorders. He confidently said that the brain chip will cure human depression or addiction, as it sees needed.
"Can Neuralink be used to retrain the part of the brain which is responsible for causing addiction or depression? It'd be great if Neuralink can be used for something like addiction/ depression," asks Pranay Pathole on Twitter.
Musk replied: "For sure. This is both great and terrifying. Everything we've ever sensed or thought has been electrical signals. The early universe was just a soup of quarks and leptons. How did a very small piece of the universe start to think of itself as sentient?"
How will the brain chip work?
According to Tech Crunch, Elon Musk's brain chip can be processed through a surgical robot that will implant the thin wire into a person's brain.
Once it is inside the brain, it will be connected to an external computer processing unit and will make a wireless connection with the computer and the human brain.
Basically, people are calling the brain chip as the medium to make future humans into cyborgs.
The Royal Society studies also conducted the same studies about the communication of reading minds. In a 2019 report, experts explain the brain-computer interface.
"People could become telepathic to some degree, able to converse not only without speaking but without words - through access to each other's thoughts at a conceptual level," the report stated. "Not only thoughts but sensory experiences could be communicated from brain to brain. Someone on holiday could beam a 'neural postcard' of what they are seeing, hearing, or tasting into the mind of a friend back home."