Neuralink is the perfect marriage between the human brain and a computer. Elon Musk announced the hypothetical Brain Computer Interface (BCI), the Neuralink technology, in March this year. If the technology becomes a success, it possesses the potential to revolutionize and transform the world.
What is Neuralink and How Does it Work?
Neuralink is based on the human brain’s working principle, which operates using the two vectors: electricity and data. The Neuralink technology will be in the form of an injectable “neural lace” comprising of a network of electrodes. This will augment the human brain by adding another layer to the limbic system and the cortex. This layer will possess the capability to effectively integrate and thus communicate with a computer.
Once integrated, the technology will work in a similar manner to how humans control and move their limbs and process external stimuli and information.
Neuralink’s Potential to Change the World
The successful implementation of the technology holds the potential to transform the technological world. Using this technology, wireless control of computers and devices will be possible. As a result, users will be able to command and control the technology in the same manner as they would move their hands and feet. Wireless communication, not just between people and machines but among people as well, will be redefined. With electrodes processing human brain functions, technology will be more perceptive to human emotions. Consequently, this will allow robot helpers and AI to be more perceptive and adaptable. Gaming experience for gamers around the globe will undergo a revolution. The experience that a computer integrated directly with the human brain can provide will be far greater than any gaming module.
Prosthetic limbs for the disabled will receive a major fillip with this technology. Thanks to the connection between the brain and the robotic limb, the feeling would be far more ‘natural’. The connection may even incur feelings equivalent to the real limb.