Brain-computer interfaces of tomorrow

Picture: Screenshot from TM Wissen on May 16, 2024 (see link below)

In the TV science magazine TM Wissen, Ilka Diester and Thomas Stieglitz explain what to make of Neuralink's wireless brain chip.

At the beginning of this year, Elon Musk's start-up Neuralink made headlines: The company implanted a chip in the brain of a paraplegic patient so that he could play chess on a computer using only the power of his thoughts. Such an application of brain-computer interfaces is not new. However, Neuralink presents the first wireless implant. And as always, when Elon Musk takes on something, it's about the really big visions of the future: The Neuralink chip is supposed to allow smartphones and other external devices to be controlled soon. And at some point, it should even be possible to upload content from the internet to the human brain. 

BrainLinks-BrainTools spokesperson Prof. Ilka Diester and Executive Board member Prof. Thomas Stieglitz explain what to make of these ambitious goals. A team from the TV science magazine TM Wissen visited BrainLinks-BrainTools to get an idea of the current state of research into brain-computer interfaces and to interview the two researchers.

Watch the report here at minute 9:11: