Elon Musk’s Neuralink startup is currently developing a way for people to listen to music without the need for speakers or headphones. The South African born tech guru claims that his new brain-computer interface chip will allow wearers to stream music directly to their brain.
Information around the technology has been a little scarce as there has only been one major public presentation about how Neuralink’s device will work.
Speaking at the event in 2019, Musk said the company was developing a “sewing machine-like” device that would create a direct connection between a computer and a chip inserted within the brain. The device would hook up to the brain through laser-cut holes in the skull.
While early versions of the device are aimed at repairing broken neural connections in those who suffer from brain disorders like Parkinson’s Disease, the ultimate aim of Neuralink is to allow humans to compete with advanced artificial intelligence.
Musk is set to reveal new information about the Neuralink technology in August but has been slowly releasing details on social media in recent days.
When computer scientist Austin Howard asked about the possibility of streaming music via the chips, Musk replied with a simple “yes.”
If we implement neuralink – can we listen to music directly from our chips? Great feature. https://t.co/RwVLnS5JbL
— Austin Howard (@a_howard8) July 19, 2020
When another user asked if the device could also help stimulate the release of oxytocin, serotonin, and other chemicals, he also said “yes”.
Do you think @neuralink will be able to stop rapid firing, when needed, in neural networks, for patients with OCD? Possibly even stimulate the release of oxytocin, serotonin, and other chemicals when needed? Will it be able to artificially work the neuron & synapses like that?
— B. Wïll™ (@BWillOfficial) July 19, 2020
Apparently, testing and trials have already been carried out on animals. Human trials were originally scheduled to take place this year, though exact details are yet to be made public.