Elon Musk replied with a single word to a tweet by computer scientist Austin Howard: “yes.” By reading the original tweet, one can easily understand why this little word is exciting:
“If we implemented neuralink – can we listen to music directly from our chips? Great feature.”
So, although nobody knows how much Elon Musk’s secretive brain-machine interface startup has progressed in the past two years, he just confirmed we’ll be able to stream music directly to our brain.
Elon Musk founded Neuralink in 2016 to create solutions that will allow our brain to communicate with a computer. It sounds like something right out of The Matrix. Still, since our brain uses electric signals – like our computers, it’s not impossible. The only reason brain-machine interfaces remain in the realm of science fiction is that the process remains intrusive and the results crude.
Communication between our brains and computers has been proven possible but demands implanting threads directly into our skull. Those don’t allow the transfer of large amounts of data at high speeds, as envisioned by William Gibson in Neuromancer, further restricting their usefulness. Neuralink’s end goal is to create solutions that will make this possible, wirelessly, without having to dig holes in our heads.
Combine Elon Musk’s statement with Neuralink’s upcoming progress update on August 28, and streaming Spotify from your smartphone directly into your brain seems closer to reality.
If Sony’s Walkman was a revolution, imagine where this could lead us. A fantastic World of Tomorrow, where everyone will be able to hack their ex’s brain to stream Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” on repeat!