“It’s like ‘Fitbit’ in your skull with small wires,” Masks said at the event.
His new company, Neuralink, has applied for permission to start research on humans next year.
The interface could help people with neurological diseases control their phones or computers with their minds. The mask believes that over time, such chips could be used to treat dementia, Parkinson’s disease and spinal cord injuries.
However, the long-term goal is to promote the development of what the Masks call “superhuman consciousness.” Partly to combat artificial intelligence, which, according to the entrepreneur, could destroy humanity.
Gertrude was one of three pigs to take part in Friday’s demonstration. As she ate or harbors, nerve activity appeared on the schedule that tracked it. The processor sends wireless signals to her brain, which indicates that nerves in her snout are activating in search of food.
The mask said the original Neuralink device, which was unveiled just a year ago, has been made simpler and smaller. “It actually fits the skull pretty well. It could be under your hair and you wouldn’t notice it,” he said.
The device being developed by the company consists of a small probe with more than 3,000 electrodes attached to flexible strands smaller than human hair, capable of monitoring the activity of 1,000 neurons.
Prior to the presentation, Ari Benjamin, a specialist at the University of Pennsylvania, told BBC News that the biggest challenge to the technology could be the enormous complexity of the human brain.
“Once they have these recordings, Neuralink will have to decode them and at some point a barrier will be reached, which is our lack of basic knowledge of how the brain works, no matter how many neurons the recordings will be made of,” he said.
Mask companies SpaceX and Tesla have attracted public attention with plans to develop space and electric cars. However, both have also demonstrated the entrepreneur’s habit of making loud announcements about upcoming projects, which will eventually take much longer than planned.