(San Francisco / USA) Neuralink a company from Elon Musk, which is working on a connection between the human brain and computers, has replenished its coffers with fresh money from investors. The $205 million cash flow comes from Google and several other start-up financiers. The money will now be used for the market launch of the first product and further research, as Neuralink recently announced.
The company that the famous billionaire Musk started in 2016 wants to wirelessly connect neurons in the brain to computers. To do this, a chip is implanted directly in the skull, which will not be visible from the outside. The first Neuralink product named N1 is designed to enable paraplegics who cannot move their legs nor arms to control their computers, tablets or phones.
Musk, who is famous for running the electric car manufacturer Tesla and one of the first private space companies SpaceX, demonstrated a prototype last August that Neuralink was initially testing on pigs. Amazingly the company also developed a robot for implantation in the brain.
The machine is trained to connect the very fine lines of the mini-computer with the human tissue. Except for a tiny scar under the hair, there were no other visible traces, Musk said. Several other companies are also working on similar concepts. There are more similar projects planned in the future.