Elon Musk unveiled Neuralink nearly a year ago, and it appears we’ll be getting a progress update in August that further details the company’s research into brain-computer interfaces (BCIs).

Musk announced the event via Twitter earlier this month, however didn’t include any info as to what the progress update would entail.

Although the company is likely waiting for the big day to further details its research, Musk now says in a Tweet that the event will “show neurons firing in real-time on August 28th,” adding cryptically that it’s like “[t]he matrix in the matrix.”

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The company’s ‘N1 sensor’ prototype implant was presented as a very small, implantable system on a chip (SoC) that has thin ‘threads’ that measure 4 to 6 μm in width. The company’s first implant is targeting disabled and/or diseased patients with damaged brain functions, such as spinal cord injuries.

The implant, which is supposed to attach to an external device that can be easily removed when not in use, is said to be capable of measuring spikes in the brain’s electrical current. The end goal is reading, processing, and eventually ‘writing’ information back to neurons via these tiny, flexible threads.

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What’s more, Musk said at the company’s unveiling that he wants Neuralink’s neural implants to one day become as common as LASIK outpatient procedures are today, something he continues to paint as the startup’s raison d’être.

As mentioned last year, the startup hopes to facilitate this sort of outpatient procedure by creating its own neurosurgical robot capable of inserting six threads (192 electrodes) per minute, the company says in its first research paper.

Neuralink’s ambitions are fairly clear: start a company that will one day serve neuro-typical users, and not just those with disabilities. What isn’t clear is how the company will get there, which is something we hope to learn more about on August 28th.

In the meantime, if you want to learn more about Neuralink, check out our wrap-up of the startup’s inaugural event which covers everything from the N1 sensor to the surgical robots the company unveiled last year.

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  • SamuelThomas

    This will take interactive porn to 11.

  • Jim P

    Nope. Want do it.

  • Sofian

    But what about the FOV?

  • DeenVR

    No HDMI, no buy

    • dk

      hdmi can be arranged …don’t worry :P

  • I can’t wait for August, 28th to come!

  • Zerofool

    Elon’s discussion with Joe Rogan on the matter (not the famous video, there’s a more recent one) details some of the possible timelines. Basically, the interesting stuff is 5-10 years away at the earliest (in case civilization is not interrupted by unforeseen events), but still, having the Matrix in 2030 would be a colossal achievement (not to mention the astronomical IQ boost which is the actual goal).

    • Kevin White

      2130 is more likely. Still fascinating to speculate no matter what the timeframe becomes.

      • aasdfa

        why 2130? what do u know about neuroscience? because the things elon has said are possible, its actually not that far off from what others have already done.

  • brubble

    I propose a rocket trip to the Sun for Musk, Zuck, Bezos and Trump.

    • as

      i think elons actually provided some good services while the rest of the list have actively fucked people over. big difference.

      • brubble

        Thats a subjective opinion at its finest. Musk is just another self absorbed “billionaire” with a money always comes first mindset.

  • Jim P

    Elon the China lover can kiss it. I don’t want someone who thinks communism is cool to have control of my brain

  • Ted Joseph

    Damn… Hope I live long enough to upload my brain to the cloud, and live forever through the eyes of any device that will accept me…

  • ematter

    The technology for what looks like a cycle helmet put on your head combined with AI to map your words, feelings, senses to specific locations in your neural net has been a around for a while; for example using thoughts to control a wheel chair or computer game. Musk has proposed boosting intelligence, streaming music and even telepathic communication, where two user can hear someone else’s words or thoughts; then have their own words or thoughts projected to the other person to communicate. You might ask if that person has ever cheated on their husband or wife, and their response will return at the speed of thought.

    The new world of enhanced intelligence will certainly be more honest and interesting. Pandora’s box is open, and sticking your head in the ground isn’t going to stop progress. A device doesn’t have to be placed on top the skull, it can easily be bypassed via the nose and mouth. The technology could be used to enhance intelligence with a photographic memory, a full dive experience would also be possible, inducing sleep paralysis then the game would pass the location of objects and let the brain interpret the detail, much like a vivid dream. It is an exciting world with a lot of possibility and the technology is very accessible with a great deal of business interest and investment.