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Entrepreneur Elon Musk, who recently confirmed the launch of a new company called Neuralink that aims to develop implantable brain-computer interfaces, said that "we are aiming to bring something to market that helps with certain severe brain injuries (stroke, cancer lesion, congenital) in about four years."
"The first use of the technology will be to repair brain injuries as a result of stroke or cutting out a cancer lesion, where somebody’s fundamentally lost a certain cognitive element. It could help with people who are quadriplegics or paraplegics by providing a neural shunt from the motor cortex down to where the muscles are activated," Musk said. He added that the technology "can help with people who, as they get older, have memory problems…through memory enhancement."
Musk, who, according to a Neuralink spokesman, will serve as CEO, noted that "the machine to accomplish this would need to be something like Lasik, an automated process — because otherwise you just get constrained by the limited number of neural surgeons, and the costs are very high." However, Musk noted that the technology could take about eight to 10 years to become usable by people without a disability, depending on regulatory approval timing and how well the devices work on those with disabilities.
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