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Elon Musk wants to stream music straight to people’s brains


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Who needs expensive Bluetooth headphones or fiddly earbuds that get lost somewhere between the sofa and the shops? Not Elon Musk, that’s for sure.

His latest startup, Neuralink, is reportedly working on a brain-machine interface that can stream music straight to your grey matter.

“If you’ve solved hard problems with phones / wearables (sealing, signal processing, inductive charging, power mgmt, etc), please consider working at engineering@neuralink.com,” tweeted Musk this weekend.

“If we implement Neuralink – can we listen to music directly from our chips?” asked someone in response. Musk had a one-word reply. “Yes.”

The Independent has the background on Neuralink, which held an event in 2019 to explain its plans for a “sewing machine-like” device connecting a computer to a chip implanted in someone’s brain.

Initially this is focusing on brain diseases, but Musk sees its long-term future as helping humans compete with artificial intelligence – and providing an upgrade on our current interface for streaming music to our brains: er, ears.

Eamonn Forde

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