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With the current updates, the general strategy has changed slightly, but in the ensuing 12 months, several small aspects have been updated. The progress has been made, so Musk showed a group of pigs to his audience who already wear version 0.9 of his implants and he stated that human trials are likely to be pursued.
The interface has been designed for the brain
The general configuration and hardware of the implant were one of the main variations between this year and last. The original objective was to make the procedure simple, partially by eliminating the hole in the skull. This meant a small implant with a small diameter that was not situated near the communicating neurons and that involved a connection to separate hardware behind the ear. All this led to the problems and allowed a variety of wires to pass through the brain surface.
However, Neuralink’s design chip is already detecting and communicating neural activity patterns. Specific neurons that the electrodes respond to and interact are considered “spikes”—short blasts of electric stimulation that arise from the surrounding noise. Musk said the chip from Neuralink comes with a series of spiked models that correspond to the normal variety of behaviours in individual neurons. The chip takes the electrodes’ analogical electric activity, transforms it for digital data, detects any activity spikes, and then searches for the template spike which best coincides with the action.
The team is also relying on the robot to use a microscope to find and stop blood vessels while threading components through the brain as the electrodes are threaded through the brain. The prototype robot which was last shoed by Neuralink, and which could have been easily mistaken for a query droid, is no longer functional. In its position is a smooth, white style, with a strong medical presence that has been updated – one with all the equipment and pointy bits to put a hole in the head of someone which can be hidden from view, while not in use. While the team also works to adapt the robot to deeper brain conditions, the first focus on the cortex makes it a little easier for the robot to do the job.
The next trial will be on humans
Like last year, Musk said the presentation’s objective was to recruit good people to work in Neuralink, which currently employs approximately 100 people. But he gave a few suggestions that when he wants to start marketing things will get clearer. First of all, he mentioned Neuralink has been designated by the Food and Drug Agency as a breakthrough device, which is responsible for the approval of the implant. This allows the company to enter into an ongoing conversation with the FDA that helps to identify the kinds of data it needs to collect if Neuralink wishes to ultimately ensure its approval.
The current Progress
The company has demonstrated a lot of creativity and flexibility. The problem of compressing the complicated data that the hardware is collecting has a solid solution, and the team has made major design reviews compared with a year ago, all of which seem to simplify the implant and the operation necessary to implement it. That represents significant progress over one year.