As you may recall, in the summer of last year Elon Musk demonstrated Neuralink’s AI-powered brain implant in live pigs. During the demonstration, Musk showed the uses and applications of Neuralink with three pigs implanted with Link V0.9 chips. Musk told the audience that the implementation would one day be able to cure affectations of the human body such as blindness, brain damage, and cure addictions.
Now, Neuralink is ready to take its first product, N1 Link, to the market, and for research and development. Yesterday, Neuralink announced it raised $205 million in Series C funding round led by Dubai-based venture capital firm Vy Capital, with participation from Alphabet Inc’s Google Ventures, Valor Equity Partners, Craft Ventures, and Founders Fund.
Neuralink aims to implant wireless computer chips to help cure neurological conditions including Alzheimer’s, dementia, and spinal cord injuries and fuse humankind with artificial intelligence.
In April, Musk shared a video of Pager, a nine-year-old Macaque, playing a MindPong video game telepathically using a brain chip. In a series of tweets, Musk explained that the first Neuralink product will enable someone with paralysis to use a smartphone with their mind faster than someone using thumbs.
In June, Musk tweeted that “First @Neuralink product will enable someone with paralysis to use a smartphone with their mind faster than someone using thumbs.” Musk went on to say that “The device is implanted flush with skull & charges wirelessly, so you look & feel totally normal.” he added.
Co-founded by Musk in 2016, the San Francisco-based Neuralink is working towards improving the brain-machine implant process until the procedure becomes as seamless as Lasik. The Neuralink device can make anyone superhuman by connecting their brains to a computer.