A chip in my brain

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Fans of the Harry Potter saga will remember the headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Albus Dumbledore, when he extracted people’s memories with his magic wand and deposited them in a ‘pensive’ that allowed them to be revived at any time.

The South African billionaire businessman Elon Musk is no a wizard but he is currently leading an ambitious project, Neuralink, which aims to connect our brains to computers. It consists on implanting a chip in the human brain that would allow access to our memories and help treat neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, hearing loss, depression, addiction, or brain damage.

In addition, people could control smartphones or computers, the technology of a smart building and much more with their brain. Precisely, on August 28, an exhibition of this project took place along with the presentation in society of Gertrude the pig, who had one of these chips implanted in her brain for two months.

Some scientists and experts in physical medicine consider this technology to be a revolution, while others insist that there is still a long road of testing to be done to market it safely.

But Musk is a visionary and he has no intention of giving up because he believes that the fusion of human brain with artificial intelligence will be a huge improvement for the health and wellbeing of people.

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