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Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCIs) from Neuralink

Neuralink, Elon Musk’s brain implant business, has stated that it is one step closer to implanting brain implants in people.

The Vision of Neuralink

  • Neuralink controls neural signals for movement using microscopic brain implants.
  • These implants use a Bluetooth software to convert ideas into actions.

The Science of Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCIs)

  • They implant a small chip in the brain.
  • This chip reads and transmits brain signals to an app, converting ideas into actions.
  • It begins by assisting paralysed patients in controlling a computer cursor with their thoughts.
  • Some BCIs detect brain impulses using sensor-filled devices such as hairnets.
  • They have the ability to activate multiple areas of the brain, which has shown promise in treating disorders such as depression.

India’s Position in Brain Technology

  • In India, C-DAC is developing BCIs to capture brain waves that indicate intents.
  • This project is being tested by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences.
  • An Indian firm, BrainSight AI, scans brain connections to better comprehend neurological diseases.

The Impact of Indian Innovations

  • Indian BCIs, like as Neuralink’s, attempt to assist paralysed people in moving and communicating.
  • They could potentially be used to treat mental illnesses such as schizophrenia.
  • These technologies are being tested in Indian hospitals.

Challenges Ahead

  • Invasive BCIs, such as Neuralink’s, confront regulations and require a large amount of data.
  • Non-invasive BCIs are becoming more popular.
  • Indian institutes are actively testing and mapping these technologies.
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