Elon Musk developing chip to stream music to brain
The Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has revealed more details about his mysterious brain-computer interface startup, claiming it will allow people to hear sounds that were previously beyond their range.
Neuralink's brain chip technology could also help restore movement to someone with a fully severed spinal cord, according to Musk.
The ultimate aim is to provide a direct connection between a brain and a computer, using a "sewing machine-like" device to stitch threads to an implanted brain chip.
A research paper published last year in conjunction with the event explained how these threads would connect to a single USB-C cable to provide "full-bandwidth data streaming" to the brain.
In a series of tweets, Musk said the technology "could also extend range of hearing beyond normal frequencies and amplitudes."
More details about Neuralink will be presented at an event on 28 August, though Musk has been drip-feeding information about the device's capabilities over Twitter.
Earlier this month, he said that wearers would be able to stream music directly to their brain, as well as use them to regulate hormone levels and deliver "enhanced abilities" like greater reasoning and relief from anxiety.
First iterations of Neuralink's device could be used to assist people suffering from neurological disorders and brain diseases like Parkinson's, though ultimately Musk hopes the technology will allow people to compete with artificial intelligence.