Will Neuralink Let You Control iPhone Telepathically?

  • Samanta Blumberg
  • 2019-07-31

Elon Musk's new startup will let users control their gadgets with brain impulses. Connected via a special interface, your mind and mobile devices will work as one. Is it really possible? And what could be achieved with that?

On July 17th, 2019, Elon Musk announced his Neuralink company's debut effort. In 2020, the company will launch a series of experiments on neuron-reading methods. It's the very first and probably the humblest aspiration of Neuralink: more experiments on augmenting the human body with AI technology are expected to take place later.

How will it work?

This is how Neuralink envisions the whole thing. A microscopic processor will be attached to your head. (Right behind an ear, to be precise). Then a series of sensors will scan the algorithmic waves emanated by your brain. In turn, this processor will be connected to your gadget via super-tiny signal threads. They are promised to be thinner than a human hair. Signals will be received and processed in the special app. The name of this wonder-processor is The Link.

What can it do?

The cyberpunk invention will be making baby steps at first. Before using it, you'll need to go through a bit of training. After that, the mobile gizmo will be able to receive commands from your brain centers. Though at first your power will be limited to manipulating mobile keyboard/cursor. Don't expect it to be fast enough to control your PUBG or Subway Surfers avatar. Signal latency will probably be monstrous.

If everything goes smoothly with a project, Neuralink will help millions of people with disabilities access phones and computers. It will be their golden ticket to unleashing creative or business potentiality. That's what Max Hodak, the company's president, can say on the upcoming project. However, he can't specify when the neuron-interface will be ready for a field test. Let alone when the product will be premiered.

Back to the future...

Even if the Link is of just moving the mouse arrow — it will be a giant leap for humanity. Quite possibly we'll see a new epoch of IT technologies in the following decade with neuro-interfaces and (who knows?) Neuronet that will connect our brains with gadgets. And maybe with the brains of other people...

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