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Elon Musk's Neuralink, the most important development on Earth

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posted on Jul, 30 2019 @ 05:14 PM
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NEURALINK
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Disclaiminator:
-To start, I performed a deeper search than usual and surprisingly only found a handfulof posts regarding this topic. (Two are from 2017 and one is from 2018, and discuss only the initial information provided by Elon anecdotally and through interviews).
-Also, there was this post last week, yet it also doesn't cover the new information I have here. (Plus it's in New World Order of all places, so I felt compelled to post this all as its own thread in the SciTech forum.) Now, with that out of the way...

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This likely the most important (publicly known) development on Earth at the moment.

Why?
After the introduction of the World Wide Web in 1991, this is THE next big shift in focus by global tech powers to accelerate and push forward a publicly-acessible technology to connect and push us past our limits.
Also, there is simply no long-term survival for our species unless we can merge with our technology.
Elon and Neuralink aren't the only players involved, yet they have the unique momentum, influence and fiscal resource to pull this off and kickstart that cybernetic revolution we've dreamt of for so long.

1. Here is the launch event video posted by Neuralink on July 16. It's 1:44:41 long, but I highly recommend watching it in its entirety when you have the time.


2. This is the white paper prepared by Elon Musk and Neuralink outlining the entire process and the science behind it An integrated brain-machine interface platform with thousands of channels
The paper's abstract:


Brain-machine interfaces (BMIs) hold promise for the restoration of sensory and motor function and the treatment of neurological disorders, but clinical BMIs have not yet been widely adopted, in part because modest channel counts have limited their potential. In this white paper, we describe Neuralink’s first steps toward a scalable high-bandwidth BMI system. We have built arrays of small and flexible electrode “threads”, with as many as 3,072 electrodes per array distributed across 96 threads. We have also built a neurosurgical robot capable of inserting six threads (192 electrodes) per minute. Each thread can be individually inserted into the brain with micron precision for avoidance of surface vasculature and targeting specific brain regions. The electrode array is packaged into a small implantable device that contains custom chips for low-power on-board amplification and digitization: the package for 3,072 channels occupies less than (23 × 18.5 × 2) mm3. A single USB-C cable provides full-bandwidth data streaming from the device, recording from all channels simultaneously. This system has achieved a spiking yield of up to 85.5 % in chronically implanted electrodes. Neuralink’s approach to BMI has unprecedented packaging density and scalability in a clinically relevant package.[www.biorxiv.org...]biorxiv.org[/url]


3.The Operation and Components


Neuralink envisions a tiny implant that connects wirelessly with a small receiver placed behind the ear. Musk’s aim is to make the surgery “equivalent to a LASIK type of thing where you sit down, a machine does its thing, and you can walk away within a few hours.”NST.com

The Robotic Inserter

  • The operation consists of a 2 mm incision in the scalp, widened to 8mm, and after the 4x4mm chip (pictured) is inserted, the incision is 'essentially glued shut' requiring no stitches

  • There is a hole drilled into the skull, which is later capped by the relay sensor

  • The embed machine places incredibly thin polymer threads at specific points in the brain

  • The threads are 4 to 6 μm, about 1/3 the diameter of a human hair

  • It uses a telescopic needle with micron precision

  • And is capable of inserting six threads (192 electrodes) per minute

  • The machine recognizes and bypasses blood vessels for minimal tissue displacement

  • As many as 3,072 electrodes per array distributed across 96 threads



    4.Other Points of Note
  • The surgical robot is already fully built and functional
  • Human trials are expected to begin in 2020
  • Neuralink said it has completed 19 surgeries on animals, and that robots placed the threads accurately 87 percent of the time
  • At first, only select patients with severe disability such as spinal dislocation will be chosen for the operation
  • Currently not FDA approved but inevitably will be
  • Since 1997, BrainGate relied on the Utah Array, a series of stiff needles that allows for up to 128 channels with only 10 electrodes each
  • Musk says its current v1 4x4mm chip is capable of 10,000 electrodes with "read and write" capability (more than 1,000 times the number of the best deep brain interface currently available for Parkinson's treatment)

    This is amazing.
    The potential to maximize our mental and AI cabablities and eventually erase physical limits. We can soon imagine the optimization of language and data transfer, lasting positive social reform, and the end of debilitations of any name.

    Beyond space exploration, chemical/material engineering, any other current groundbreaking movements in biotech or medicine- all are absolutely trumped by the future implications and application that neural interfacing technology presents us.

    This particular field of research opens up many of the major doors to our future, as well as some yet unexplored areas that are so desparately in need of such attention:
    - Enormous impact on the future of education and world peace efforts
    - An explosion in human resource potential and social transformation
    - A huge leap forward in virtual reality and AI development
    - Human/animal interfacing and communication possibilities
    - Dream research explodes, record/playback of dreams possible
    - Artificial telepathy becomes viable

    Super exciting.Stay astonished!
    ADMA&EVIL
    edit on 30-7-2019 by ADAMandEVIL because: ETA fixes




  • posted on Jul, 30 2019 @ 05:18 PM
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    a reply to: ADAMandEVIL

    I imagine the implication may be somewhat questionable.

    One step closer to the singularity all the same.



    posted on Jul, 30 2019 @ 05:32 PM
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    Nice Post 👌🏻
    I'm all over this, like gravy.
    Sign me up!



    posted on Jul, 30 2019 @ 05:35 PM
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    Is this the predicted ‘mark of the beast’?

    Is the loveable Elon Musk the predicted ‘anti christ’ who will be loved by millions before bringing forth the apocalypse? Even inadvertently?

    Not that I’m religious in any way but there’s some parallels there.

    Aside from that, it’s pretty amazing technology and may very well enable us to keep up with AI when it finally arrives. I’ve been looking forward to the introduction of this tech.

    Although I’ll be opting out.

    If I’m allowed to that is


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    posted on Jul, 30 2019 @ 05:40 PM
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    a reply to: ADAMandEVIL

    Putting a programmable wifi-enabled chip in my brain that can transmit my thoughts, emotions and control my motor functions?

    What can possibly go wrong with this idea?

    Hells to the no on that one for me, thanks.



    posted on Jul, 30 2019 @ 05:48 PM
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    originally posted by: Lumenari
    a reply to: ADAMandEVIL

    Putting a programmable wifi-enabled chip in my brain that can transmit my thoughts, emotions and control my motor functions?

    What can possibly go wrong with this idea?

    Hells to the no on that one for me, thanks.



    Ultimate control. Cyberman is born.



    posted on Jul, 30 2019 @ 05:50 PM
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    I think I was born, and will die, at the perfect time.



    posted on Jul, 30 2019 @ 05:51 PM
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    originally posted by: Lumenari
    a reply to: ADAMandEVIL

    Putting a programmable wifi-enabled chip in my brain that can transmit my thoughts, emotions and control my motor functions?

    What can possibly go wrong with this idea?

    Hells to the no on that one for me, thanks.



    Yea, i dont want anyone but me accessing the material in the vaults of my mind... Granted, 97% of the stuff up there is normal every day thoughts/feelings/etc... but 2-3% of my mind is capable of going to a very odd place.. heaven forbid anyone ever gets to see/understand that 2-3% of madness....



    posted on Jul, 30 2019 @ 05:54 PM
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    originally posted by: ARM1968

    originally posted by: Lumenari
    a reply to: ADAMandEVIL

    Putting a programmable wifi-enabled chip in my brain that can transmit my thoughts, emotions and control my motor functions?

    What can possibly go wrong with this idea?

    Hells to the no on that one for me, thanks.



    Ultimate control. Cyberman is born.


    The government gets NPC v2.0...




    posted on Jul, 30 2019 @ 06:01 PM
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    No need to worry folks. If Elon runs this like he runs Tesla or Solar City then it will be yet another one of his shell games. He is just a modern day P.T. Barnum.
    edit on 30-7-2019 by MRinder because: (no reason given)



    posted on Jul, 30 2019 @ 06:12 PM
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    If you ever thought race was a problem; Elon just made that a moot point.

    This is a paradigm shift in how we relate to each other. You're still not on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram? Still not using Google? Well, this time, if you're not "hooked up" you got a problem... After this, everyone on Neuralink will think all you are saying is 2+2=5. Supergeniuses is the next big fad.

    Nevermind your privacy rights though, this time Google (or comparatively) can read your mind and this time they know for sure your perverse thoughts and inclinations.



    posted on Jul, 30 2019 @ 06:17 PM
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    a reply to: Breakthestreak

    The anti christ is someone we will never ever expect. So if you've speculated musk, hes automatically not the anti christ.



    posted on Jul, 30 2019 @ 06:19 PM
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    a reply to: Droogie

    Someone was always apt to invent the Point of View Gun i suppose.

    This is simply a tool like any other, its what we do with it that will count.



    posted on Jul, 30 2019 @ 06:20 PM
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    a reply to: loam

    I get what you're saying.

    We didn't sign or agree to any terms and conditions when we were born, but I wonder if it's prudent to read the small writing before doing this procedure, eh?



    posted on Jul, 30 2019 @ 06:25 PM
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    a reply to: andy06shake

    Ah, technology will benefit the richest as it always have.

    "Aw, you only have the 1.2 model? I just upgraded to Neuralink 2.4, and now I can download and process information 10 000 times faster than you."

    I'm not as optimistic as you.



    posted on Jul, 30 2019 @ 06:29 PM
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    a reply to: Droogie

    Well, it will either enable our race thus allowing us to address the larger problems we face as a species possibly bringing about humanity 2.0 or it will doom us to extinction i suppose, the singularity that is.

    Optimism is neither here nor there anymore, as once we can do a thing, it generally follows that we will do that thing.

    Progress is moving at its own pace, and its not slowing down, not where neuroscience is concerned.



    posted on Jul, 30 2019 @ 06:37 PM
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    Either way it will doom some of us, I'm sure. Transhumanism isn't for everybody, and linking our most beloved and prized organ into something we don't quite understand ourselves, it will have unexpected consequences and implications.

    Guess we can't stop it, so we will have to see what happens. That's fun right? Let's flip a coin and see what happens with our existence.



    posted on Jul, 30 2019 @ 06:54 PM
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    a reply to: Droogie

    We flip that coin every day mate in a multitude off different manners without even realizing it.

    As to fun, well we do live in very interesting times.

    Understanding is the ticket and technology such as this can only enable us with regards to further understanding our own consciousness, where it originates, where it resides, nevermind how we perceive reality.

    The only thing scarier than the development of technologies such as this is not doing so.



    posted on Jul, 30 2019 @ 07:02 PM
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    Is it getting obvious yet? TPTB have spent centuries trying to beat the individuality out of us and most people never even noticed (although many instinctively rebelled without knowing why, exactly). The end of the individual IS the ultimate conspiracy.



    posted on Jul, 30 2019 @ 07:02 PM
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    a reply to: Breakthestreak

    We are already augmented via what amounts to a supercomputer in our pockets.

    Truth is every single one of us who carry around a smartphone in our pockets have already taken that mark and willingly no less long ago.



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