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What would happen if we connected the human brain to a quantum computer?

todayMay 22, 2021 4

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Brain-computer interfaces are slowly beginning to take form, and here at Neural we couldn’t be more excited! Elon Musk’s Neuralink claims it’s on the cusp of a working device and Facebook’s been developing non-invasive BCI tech for years.

If everything goes according to plan, we could be wearing doo-dads or getting chip implants that allow us to control machines with our minds in a decade or less.

That’s a pretty cool idea and there are innumerable uses for such a device, but who knows how useful they’ll actually be in the beginning.

It’s easy to get swept up in dreams of controlling entire drone swarms with our thoughts like a master conductor or conducting telepathic conversations with people around the world via the cloud.

But the current reality is that the companies working on these devices are spending hundreds of millions and, so far, we can use them to play pong.

This isn’t meant to denigrate the use of BCIs in the fields of medicine and accessibility, we’re strictly talking about recreational or personal-use gadgets. But, judging from the above video, it could be a while before we can ditch our iPhones and PS5 game pads for a seamless BCI.

In the meantime, there’s nothing wrong with a little conjecture. BCIs aren’t a new idea, but they’ve only ever really existed in the realm of science fiction. Until now. The Deep Learning AI revolution that started in 2014 made them not just possible, but viable.

Machine learning allows us to miniaturize chips, discover new surgical techniques, run complex software on relatively simple hardware, and a dozen other computing and communications feats that work as a rising tide to lift all vessels when it comes to BCIs.

While no technological advance is guaranteed, it seems like BCIs are a shoe-in to become the next big thing in tech. It’s even arguable they could become mainstream before driverless cars do.

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