Neuralink demonstrated to the world a chipped monkey that played ping-pong with the power of his mind. As Elon Musk's company claims, this technology can change the world for the better, but some experts do not think so - they point to the dangers that may lie in wait for the wearer of the brain chip.
At the beginning of April, Elon Musk's company Neuralink held a presentation in which the macaque Pager was able to play ping-pong using a chip implanted directly in its brain. Neuralink thus demonstrated the neural interface technology linking the brain and the computer.
The chip, which was implanted in Pager's brain, resembles a small disk and connects thousands of microneedles of the chip to the brain neurons that are responsible for the movements. Such a brain-machine interface could bring enormous benefits to humanity, but they could also carry hidden risks, according to The Next Web.
According to Neuralink, the technology could be used to help paralyzed people, thereby giving them the ability to control computerized devices on their own.
In addition, the chip could help disabled people have a better experience with prosthetics. However, this is not all of the "life-giving" properties of the chip, it can also help fight depression, drug addiction, blindness, and deafness - the implant will stimulate the areas of the brain that are responsible for a particular process.
Beyond the field of health care, the brain-computer interface could give humanity a new experience with technology. For example, a user could type in a message at the speed of thought without using his hands. Neuralink also promises that the chip would make it possible to connect the brain directly to the Internet. This could greatly increase human intelligence and simplify communication between people.
However, some experts are skeptical about the possibilities that Elon Musk's corporation promises.
"Neurobiology is far from understanding how the brain works, and certainly not capable of deciphering its signals," said Anne Wexler, professor of medical ethics and health policy at the University of Pennsylvania.
In addition, it is possible that hackers could access the implanted chips and cause them to malfunction or hijack the controls. The consequences of such actions could be fatal for the victim.