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Elon Musk's Neuralink aims at streaming music directly to the brain

Neurotechnology could help who suffer brain diseases as Parkinson, anxiety and depression

Elon Musk's Neuralink aims at streaming music directly to the brain Neurotechnology could help who suffer brain diseases as Parkinson, anxiety and depression

Elon Musk's Neuralink, the neurotechnology company founded by Musk in 2016, is reportedly working on an interface that will be able to stream music directly to the brain. It is Musk himself who said this: a few days after the cyberattack that hacked his Twitter account (together with that of other entrepreneurs and celebrities, including Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Barack Obama and Kanye West), Sunday afternoon Mask returned to his profile to answer some questions from users. When computer scientist Austin Howard asked him if someday it will be possible to listen to music without the need to use headphones, but transmitting it directly to the brain, Musk answered with a simple "yes". 

The information about Neuralink is still limited. The company has been active since 2016, but to date has remained relatively muted; for the moment, all that we know is what we have seen during a presentation of 2019 when the company showed the design of a device that connects to the brain through holes in the skull that are made with a laser (not unlike an operation of laser eye surgery). According to the project, the first iterations of this device required to repair damaged neural connections to all those suffering from brain disorders including Parkinson's, but uses could be improved: answering another user's question, Musk confirmed that it could also help "stimulate the release of oxytocin, serotonin and other chemicals when needed," basically helping people suffering from anxiety and depression.

It is not yet fully understood how Neuralink's interfaces will be able to bypass the ear and transmit music to the auditory brain. Waiting to receive further information, which is expected to arrive with the press conference called for August 28th, the entrepreneur also turned to the Twitter public to look for new words that join the project. "If you’ve solved hard problems with phones/wearables (sealing, signal processing, inductive charging, power mgmt, etc), please consider working at [Neuralink]," he tweeted over the weekend. 

The goal is ambitious, but there is the risk to be looked like just the latest crazy idea by Elon Musk, who in recent months has made headlines for a media overexposure worthy of a real celebrity. Serving also as the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla (which has recently been declared the most valuable automaker in the world), Musk has become an independent brand from all his real businesses. Furthermore, he has just been named by Forbes as the fifth richest person on the planet, with a net worth of over 74 billion dollars. Considering that his ultimate goal seems to be a symbiosis between man and machine, it would make you smile to think that only 10 years ago he made his big-screen debut in Iron Man 2, starring in a cameo in which he joked with Tony Stark/Iron Man about the simple idea of ​​an "electric jet".