Elon Musk Wants to Put Computers in People’s Heads – Elon Musk brainchild Neuralink announced plans in July for an implantable chip that would send and receive signals in the brain. The chip, called the N1, would be implanted by machine into people’s heads with extreme precision.

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Just make sure you don’t opt in for the first few versions of this. Something tells me you wouldnt want to end up being the victim of a kink that the developers need to work out.


There is nothing that can be said that will sell me on this concept.


Everyones going on about some deus ex cyberware kind of deal, but isnt the initial purpose of this to help paralysed people? I think its fantastic, if it does what we think it can do.


Still would be kinda cool to have different Microsofts like in Gibson’s Neuromancer.


The darker implications of this is that it’s hard to read “thoughts” of a subject even being very close (physically) to them, the literally thick skull prevents such “eavesdropping”. This is one of the reasons wearable devices do not work reliably enough to be able to read off signal with low enough noise-to-signal ratio to do precise interpretation, even with very good signal processing algorithm. Signal attenuation just stops these dead in their tracks. Impossible to make out whether you’re say, plotting to kill, or playing Doom. So with Neuralink, they’re addressing that very problem — putting a proxy that will receive, amplify and re-send the signal, with probably (since its a chip) doing some of useful processing right there, “on site”. So the darker implication is that you can’t really guarantee the chip doesn’t transmit useful (also to malicious party) signal on radio or other EM frequency. In effect, the chip solves the attenuation problem and everyone who can make sense of the signal can move on right to interpreting it, since receiving it is a solved problem. I mean you can encrypt it or whatever, but our computing culture shows very well that we don’t really do a thorough job protecting our gadgets. There isn’t much wrong in theory with a chip in ones brain (as in open hardware you can really vouch for), but practically everything is wrong because there is no way to guarantee that the device doesn’t share or broadcast signal. You do not need much power to generate EM waves, a chip inside your brain definitely can gather enough power to do that, and then it’s just a question of whether it does share the signal or not.