‘Neuralink’ has been working on technology that would theoretically be able to implant an AL- enabled microchip into the human brain, since 2016.
The microchip will be enabled into the human brain to both monitor and stimulate brain activity.
The aim is to one day use the tech to help treat neurological conditions and diseases.
“Live webcast of working @Neuralink device Friday 3pm Pacific,” Musk tweeted late on Tuesday night. He has been trailing the demonstration for a while, last month he tweeted “will show neurons firing in real-time on August 28th.”
It’s not clear that there will be any kind of demo of the microchip. But it has been said that the chip would sit behind the ear, with wires connecting to electrodes implanted into the brain. These electrodes would be able to record brain activity as well as stimulate the brain’s neurons.
Musk has been questioned by Neuroscientists about how quickly it could progress to human trials in the past, given the company only started animal testing on primates in 2019.
He has however made grand claims about the potential applications of the microchip. Short-term, the idea is to help treat brain injury and trauma. Longer-term, Musk has claimed the technology could be used to treat more complex neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
He has said he wants the microchip to enable a “symbiosis” between the human brain and Artificial Intelligence.