Aug 28, 2020

Elon Musk’s Neuralink to demo brain-machine interface today

Neuralink
brain-machine interface
Elon Musk
Tesla
William Smith
2 min
Elon Musk’s neurotechnology company Neuralink, which is developing a brain-machine interface, is to demonstrate a product later today
Elon Musk’s neurotechnology company Neuralink, which is developing a brain-machine interface, is to demonstrate a product later today...

Elon Musk’s neurotechnology company Neuralink, which is developing a brain-machine interface, is to demonstrate a product later today.

Neuralink last made itself known to the public this time last year, with a video event and a scientific report. The report outlined the company’s approach, saying: “Brain-machine interfaces (BMIs) hold promise for the restoration of sensory and motor function and the treatment of neurological disorders [...]. We have built arrays of small and flexible electrode “threads”, with as many as 3,072 electrodes per array distributed across 96 threads. We have also built a neurosurgical robot capable of inserting six threads (192 electrodes) per minute.”

These threads are intended to connect to a wireless device that goes behind the ear and communicates with one’s phone.

Neuralink is far from alone in the space, with competitors including Facebook’s CTRL-Labs. Their product - in contrast to Neuralink - is non-invasive, taking the form of an armband with potential uses as a virtual reality control system.

We have also previously spoken to MindMaze, a company with a present focus on neurorehabilitation that nevertheless also imagines a human-machine interface in the future.

The webcast is scheduled for 3PM Pacific Time today, with Elon Musk promising a “working” neuralink device. He further tweeted that the demonstration would reveal a second version of its neurosurgery robot which performs the implant, and that previous remarks he had made about the implantation eventually being as easy as laser eye surgery could be realised “in a few years.”

It’s been a successful year for Musk, who has his finger in many pies. Electric car manufacturer Tesla has just achieved a $400bn market capitalisation, while SpaceX successfully carried Astronauts to and from the International Space Station and successfully tested its reusable Starship rocket. No doubt Musk is hoping that the Neuralink demonstration goes off as smoothly. 

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Jun 15, 2021

Searching for the Top 100 Leaders in Technology

Technology
AI
live
leaders
2 min
Have your say and nominate technology industry influencers and legends in our search for the Top 100 Leaders announced at upcoming LIVE event

The search is on for the Top 100 Leaders in Technology 2021 – nominated by readers of Technology magazine and open to all.

The initiative has been launched and nominations are now open, with the final, prestigious Top 100 due to be announced during Technology and AI LIVE running 14-16 September, beamed from London to the world.

This latest, definitive list of the leading executives and influencers in the industry will be announced at the event and shared across social media channels, this website, and presented in a special supplement that honours all of those named in our annual list.

The Top 100 Leaders follows on from the well-received Top 100 Women in Technology that BizClik Media Group (BMG) – publishers of Technology magazine, AI magazine and a growing portfolio of industry-leading titles – produced in March this year to coincide with International Women’s Day. 

“The Top 100 Women recognised the incredible and influential women driving our industry,” says Scott Birch, editorial director, BMG. “The success of that initiative encouraged us to recognise the Top 100 Leaders – individuals championing everything that we love about technology and embracing best practice that’s good for business.”

Nominations are already coming in, with some notable highlights including:

Rhonda Vetere - Herbalife

Bryan Smith - Expedient

Nominate your Top 100 Leader HERE

The deadline for nominations closes on Sunday 1 August 2021, and it is free to nominate. The Top 100 Leaders will be announced across our platforms and at the LIVE event.

 

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