Musk says first human has received Neuralink implant

Syllabus: GS-III

Subject: Science & Technology

Topic: Bio-Technology

Issue: Brain computer interface

Context: Embedment of computer chip in the human brain.

  • Neuralink, co-founded by Elon Musk, is working on linking the nervous system to computers.
  • The brain computer interface is about the size of a large coin and is designed to be implanted in the skull, with ultra-thin wires going directly into the brain.
  • The product is called “Telepathy” — which will enable users to control their phones or computers “just by thinking.”
Potential Benefits  Potential Concerns 
Treating neurological disorders like Parkinson’s, epilepsy etc. Inherent risks of infection, tissue damage, and unintended consequences of manipulating neural activity
Restoring lost function for individuals with paralysis or limb loss Data privacy and security
Potentially augment memory and learning by facilitating information access and processing. Profound ethical questions about free will and the potential for discrimination.
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