ELON Musk has claimed that he will cure a common and debilitating disease using computer chips hooked up to people’s BRAIN.
In a recent tweet, the billionaire said his company, Neuralink, will fix tinnitus — a condition that causes ringing in the ears — by 2027.
Musk founded Neuralink in 2016 with the goal of creating “brain-machine interfaces” that connect humans and computers.
Early attempts implanted coin-sized devices in the heads of monkeys that allowed them to play video games using only their minds.
The company says the technology will one day help people with paralysis and other neurological conditions.
On April 24, Musk tweeted that Nueralink will “definitely” cure tinnitus, which affects 50 million people in the United States
It is estimated that one in three people worldwide will experience tinnitus at some point in their life.
A cure “could be less than five years away,” Musk said, due to the rapidly increasing complexity of Neuralink’s chips.
The Tesla boss has previously claimed that brain implants could one day cure diseases ranging from obesity to insomnia.
And while it may sound far-fetched, the underlying science is believable.
Neurological conditions are often the result of damage or other defects in the brain that prevent neurons from functioning properly.
Neuralink promises to heal some of them, using its chips to bypass the damaged parts.
A precision surgical robot connects thousands of tiny threads from a device implanted in the skull to neurons in the brain.
This device is then connected to a computer via Bluetooth to continuously communicate back and forth.
In tinnitus, a nerve that connects the inner ear to the brain is damaged by injury or prolonged exposure to loud noises.
Neuralink promises to remedy the situation by offering the ability to process sensory input in place of the damaged neurons.
Neural implants have been around since the 1960s when the first cochlear implant was used to treat people with hearing loss.
Experts have praised the technology as a real game changer.
Paul Nuyujukian, director of the Brain Interfacing Laboratory at Stanford University, told Wired earlier this year, “We are on the cusp of a complete paradigm shift.
“This type of technology has the potential to transform how we treat things.
“Not only in stroke, paralysis and motor degenerative diseases, but also in pretty much every other type of brain disease.”
Ultimately, Neuralink wants to make its implants available to humans to increase their intelligence.
The aim is to create a complete Brain Interface within 25 years.
The company has faced allegations that it violated animal welfare laws when testing monkeys.
Human subjects are to be tested for the first time this year.
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