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How close are we to brain-computer interfaces such as Neuralink?


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How close are we to brain-computer interfaces 2037??? and what impact will it have on the world if a successful brain interface was developed 



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Depends on how much society values science and demographic trends...But I'll guess the basic set up will be around in 20 years.



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There is a company called Openwater who are working on BCI stuff, and if this TED talk is accurate they should have hardware capable of non-invasive high def BCI in the next 5-10 years. They are focusing on medical imaging first, which is a huge thing on its own (basically it could be a portable high definition MRI scanner that you can fit into a ski hat but you could also scan pretty much any part of the body)  

 

but this ted talk was based on a pitch to investors I think, and there are plenty of unknowns so we're still waiting to hear from them. 

 

I think in the TED talk they said they might have dev/test kits in late 2018 which I don't think has happened. 

 

EDIT: here is a recent (may 2019 I think) interview: 

https://www.e-flux.c...nfrastructures/

 

Nothing is mentioned of major setbacks or anything, and the primary focus is still revolutionising medical imaging.

 

Even if the BCI doesn't work out, Being able to detect any tumour larger than 1mm in a quick and easy scan could basically cure cancer as long as people can have check-ups every couple of months! If the device is a portable and low cost as they currently hope this could easily happen. Especially in countries with socialised healthcare where preventing people getting sick saves the health system money)


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My guess is 20 years.



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Can neuralink's neural lace technology allow instantaneous uploading of all wikipedia informations into the brain in an instant ?

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Ask Elon Musk.



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Can neuralink's neural lace technology allow instantaneous uploading of all wikipedia informations into the brain in an instant ?

I don't think it would, but it might allow you to essentially think a question, and have a computer system feed the answer into your brain. 

 

So you might think "hmm, what was the hundred years war all about?" and then suddenly you would "remember" the Wikipedia entry for the hundred years war even though you had never read it.

 

Essentially it could turn:

 

1. think of something you don't know, but want to know.

2. formulate a google search to find the answer

3. read through the search results

4. If you find what you're looking for, stop else change your search term and try again.

5. profit?

 

into:

 

1. think of something you don't know, but want to know

2. Remember the answer

3. Profit?

 

Of course the degree to which whatever system thinks for​ you will depend on AI technology, and how much "interference with my brain" people are willing to put up with. 






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