I was excited for Neuralink. Then I saw Elon Musk’s stupid demo

Last week Elon Musk’s Neuralink, a startup working on creating a brain computer interface (BCI) for consumers, held a “tech demo” last year to show the company’s progress.

Let me summarize it for you: Musk and Neuralink have figured out how to perform basic brain surgery. what do you say? Man has undergone basic brain surgery for hundreds of years? Yes, that’s my point

I got the oysters again. I should have known better. Eventually, I was confident that Tesla would reach five levels of autonomy (fully driverless) by 2020 as Musk did. In fact he said that by the end of the year there will be one million fully autonomous vehicles on the road (most experts still think we are away from the decade before). And I bought it when they said that the boring company would revolutionize transportation. Y’all, this is just a regular tunnel.

When I had to hop on the Elon Musk promotional train to get on Neuralunk, what did I have? Hope.

Elon Musk preys on hope and optimism. We say, “Wouldn’t it be great if we could control things with our brains?” And Musk tells us that he will not only do it, but it will be better than anyone dreaming. Musk’s talent and right to dream?

The problem is that medical science does not hold back from lack of dreams and ambitions. The world of science is waiting for someone to come in with some money and was not there to show the rest of the idiots how fire works.

Science takes time and requires cooperation. Neorelink works in the dark, leading to success like Google or Apple. Don’t get me wrong, they are very good role models. But the difference is that Musk first makes promises, then hopes that he will pay someone who will come up with science to make it work.

Neuralink is finally enabled to heal spinal cord injuries, autistic spectrum disorders, neurological disorders, anxiety, depression, pain, grief and enable you to control any gadget from your brain. Most of it is pie-in-the-sky nonsense that we can get away from for centuries and some of it is just nonsense that is absurd to medical professionals (eg, cannot cure autistic spectrum disorder) because It is not a disease).

But that didn’t stop me from forgetting that Kasturi is a skeptical artist in a bad way and just a bunch of money and charisma. I thought there would be a neurlink demo, you know give a performance something.

Here’s what we got instead: a pig with a brain transplant that triggers a beeping noise every time it is “sniffed”. Press stop! What’s wrong with me, how could I have waited a long time to refer to this historical achievement in scientific endeavor?

Yes, you have not missed much.

In all fairness, Musk and Neuralink are on the verge of a breakthrough in medical technology. Of course, this breakthrough had already occurred a few decades earlier, when doctors had completed invasive surgery techniques allowing for specialized equipment in the patient’s skull, but Musk is going to build it A little easier to do With an advanced robot. Wow?

Here’s a fact you should know: Neuralink’s actual device is less capable than similar medical BCIs already on the market. The big claim to fame here is that Neuralink hopes one day to take this technology to the masses. Therefore, instead of needing to diagnose a serious medical condition, you’ll be able to pay someone to drill into your skull so that you can … well, that’s all. No one knows exactly what the capability of such a device would be.

There is a lot of speculation in musk and neuralink – you can make the music flow directly into your implant and listen to it in your skull, for example – but the only solid potential we’ve seen is the interpretation of brainwaves as beeps. Device to do. And this is something we can do with a stick-on sensor right now.

The future may be bright for Neuralink, perhaps one day it will live up to its hype. But it is doubtful whether this will happen in Musk’s lifetime. There is nothing concrete to support the idea that a simple implant can suddenly transform the human brain from a classical computer into an OS-accessible database designed for read / write functionality.

At the end of the day Neuralink is another example of Musk’s propaganda machine that cheers everyone for science and technology, only to remind us that optimism and money are not the only things that make a human being in a science fiction utopia Prohibit from.

Published August 31, 2020 – 21:28 UTC