This semester I’ve had the opportunity to tutor ‘Biomaterials in Medicine’ (CHEE4305) & today was the most fun I’ve ever had in a class at the University of Queensland!
The topic was @elonmusk‘s revolutionary tech startup Neuralink, aiming to develop implantable brain devices.
So what makes Neuralink so revolutionary?
Historic Biomaterial revolutions – pacemakers, hip implants, bionic limbs – have changed what humans are capable of doing. However, Neuralink has the potential to change who we are as a species!
How can a Biomaterial change the identity of the human species?? What exactly is Neuralink?
This video from @ColdFusion_TV is the most accurate & succinct summary of Neuralink that I’ve come across:
Deep Brain Stimulation for #Parkinsons (approved 1997):
2-10 electrodes implanted send electrical impulses to specific targets in the brain. These impulses block some of the brain signals that cause the movement symptoms of Parkinson’s.
Deep Brain Stimulation for #epilepsy (approved 2018):
A pacemaker for your brain! Monitor the brain’s electrical activity & detecting unusual activity that may lead to an epileptic seizure. In response, it can deliver an electrical pulse to prevent the seizure.
Following this presentation, we tasked the students with discussing the future of Neuralink from the following perspectives:
Some very interesting brainstorming ensued!
I’m very keen to hear people’s thoughts on the future of Neuralink, so post them below! 🧠📲🤔
And let me know if you’d like to hear some of the thoughts/concerns/alarm that our @UQ_News students had about the revolutionary potential that Neuralink holds!