Sounds drastic to put an AI chip into your brain right? You might be thinking technology has gone too far this time, and it possibly has.
You might also be thinking why even consider doing this? What benefits could it bring? Putting computer chips and monitors in the brain in fact isn’t new. People can have chips put in the brain to help monitor seizure activity, head trauma patients can have sensors inserted into the skull to measure brain pressure.
So what is new ?
Elon Musk has set up Neurolink a startup who has developed an AI chip which could be placed in the brain offering what they call a Brain – machine interface (BMI). They claim this could hold promise for the restoration of sensory and motor function and the treatment of neurological disorders.
Neuralink have recently suggested that the AI chip could solve disabling conditions such as Parkinson’s, Schizophrenia and even Autism by collecting information on brain spikes and using brain stimulation to help brain connectivity and thereby enabling restoration of cognitive function.
Elon Musk stated in a recent podcast with Lex Friedman “neuralink will solve a lot of brain related diseases anything from, like autism, schizophrenia and memory loss.”
Whilst I am not sure we should be suggesting anyone is able to “solve” autism. Its not a disease but a complex neurodevelopment disorder. Its unclear what Elon Musk meant by this statement.
Wording aside we know that the autistic brain is structured differently from the neuro typical brain we know that some areas are under connected but there is great variability. An AI chip may be a future way of understanding brain activity on a more individualised basis. This knowledge could enabling us to to implement strategies to help that person. Or potentially stimulate areas of the brain which could enable that person better cognitive function or to live a more fulfilling life.
Its early days so don’t go booking in your hospital appointment just yet. Certainly there are many concerns to consider with such personal data and its potential misuse. Questions like who has access to the brain data? What could they do with that data on the brain? Could it be used to for manipulation of venerable people still need to be answered?
Although the chip is small there is no doubt that it would still be an invasive procedure. Its an interesting idea so we will be watching what happens with this technology.
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