Just when you thought the year 2020 couldn’t get much better, billionaire Elon Musk has introduced a group of pigs with mind-reading brain implants.
During an event Friday afternoon at Neuralink’s headquarters in California, Musk found himself hanging out with a passel of swine.
Several of them had previously undergone a surgery procedure in which a latest version of Neuralink’s computing implant into their brains.
As a result of this, the brain activity of these enhanced porkers could be transmitted wirelessly to a nearby computer, allowing people at the event to watch the animals’ neurons.
At the event, Musk spoke about the potential for the technology to address brain injuries and other disorders. “The neurons are like wiring, and you sort of need an electronic thing to solve an electronic problem,” he said.
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Musk explained that he expects the company to go from its 100 current employees to about 10,000.
He explained further that the project is to use brain implants for miraculous things like restoring vision for the blind, helping people who have been paralyzed or suffered strokes communicate and curing mental health disorders. People around the world have received implants that help with these very things.