Superhuman Brain-Hacking Device

Elon Musk is due to demonstrate a working brain-to-machine interface as part of his ambitious plans to give people superhuman powers. Neuralink, his company, is currently developing a new feature on their brain chip that enables humans merge with AI. There will be a demonstration which will involve a robot and "neurons firing in real time". The interface could allow people with neurological conditions to control phones or computers with their mind.

The company founded by Elon Musk, Neuralink, is working on their current project, the brain-implanted chip, that is capable of controlling a human's emotion and mood by emitting waves that are beyond the usual or natural frequency and amplitude. 

The long-term ambition is to usher in an age of what Mr Musk calls "superhuman cognition". People need to merge with artificial intelligence, he says, in part to avoid a scenario where AI becomes so powerful it destroys the human race. Neuralink has worked hard to recruit scientists, something Mr Musk was still advertising for on Twitter. 

The device the company is developing consists of a tiny probe containing more than 3,000 electrodes attached to flexible threads thinner than a human hair, which can monitor the activity of 1,000 brain neurons.

Neuralink has said it had carried out tests on a monkey that had been able to control a computer with its brain.It has also built a "neurosurgical robot" that it says can insert 192 electrodes into the brain every minute. University of Pittsburgh assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation Jennifer Collinger described what Mr Musk was trying to do as "truly disruptive technology in a difficult space of medical technology.... Neuralink has significant resources and critically a team of scientists, engineers and clinicians working towards a common goal, which gives them a great chance of success," she said.

Ari Benjamin, at the University of Pennsylvania's Kording Lab, told BBC News the real stumbling block for the technology could be the sheer complexity of the human brain. "Once they have the recordings, Neuralink will need to decode them and will someday hit the barrier that is our lack of basic understanding of how the brain works, no matter how many neurons they record from....Decoding goals and movement plans is hard when you don't understand the neural code in which those things are communicated."

Musk's companies SpaceX and Tesla have captured the public imagination with his attempts to drive progress in spaceflight and electric vehicles respectively.

Neuralink's promising technology makes use of flexible threads that are believing it to be safe and effective for a brain implant. This technology will cause less of the supposed or expected harm that befalls the implant on a person's brains. This technology is capable of connecting the human brain to a computer if it emerges successful and able to produce a working prototype. A chunk load of data bandwidth will be available for streaming and use for the human brain.

Researchers worry about the potential impacts of Neuralink and other brain-computer interfaces, speculating that memory hacking might be possible.

The concerns regarding the potential for invasive brain-computer interfaces remain highly theoretical, however, experts have produced numerous studies regarding other more concrete claims about the security risks of human machine integration. Some more likely scenarios include spoofing, jamming, and hijacking attacks.

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