Just when you thought it couldn't get much weirder, Elon Musk has introduced a group of pigs with mind reading implants.
Developed by Neuralink, headquartered in Fremont, California, the button sized brain implant can be installed by a robot. The brain activity of pigs can then be transmitted to a computer "allowing onlookers to watch the animals' neurons fire, as vets stroked their snouts" according to Bloomberg today.
What were they thinking about? Not much apparently. The demonstration was meant to show the progress of the four year start up currently employing 100 staff, expected to grow to over 10,000 within years. Development of the device would enable implants in humans within a few years. "We now have a Fitbit for the brain" the claim.
Once fitted, the implants could be updated with software updates. The goals would include improvement or restoration, of vision, mobility and speech. The inhibition of pain, the acceleration of learning and the exploration of consciousness would also feature. In the future, "I think you will be able to save and replay memories" said Musk.
Let's hope that comes with a delete button. If only we could travel our minds back in time to pick up Tesla shares at $200 dollars in August 2019. The stock closed at $2,200 this week. Watch out for a Neuralink listing soon ...
In other news, Americans are still drinking bleach as a cure for Corinavirus. Despite months of warnings that it is not safe, some Americans are still attempting to self treat by drinking bleach products and voting Republican. At a news conference in April, Trump suggested injecting disinfectant was a potential treatment for the virus. The FDA along with manufacturers Lysol has issued a warning, that Chlorine dioxide can lead to respiratory failure, liver failure and abnormal heart rhythms along with other potentially life threatening conditions. Americans still continue to attend Trump rallies, without a mask, carrying a bottle of bleach, wearing a "Make America Great Again Hat" over their eyes. Just 66 days to polling day ...
Last week we suggested that sniffer dogs could be employed on retail queues in shopping centres in the future, to detect Covid Carriers. Headlines from Forbes this week, "Sniffer dogs could be the answer to travel bans". No need for testing at the airport, a dog has 300 million nasal receptors compared to just 5 million in humans. Already proven in the ability to detect cancer in humans, countries have been testing if dogs can sniff out people infected with Covid-19.
Trials are already underway in the UAE appparently. Specialised teams monitor samples from the armpits of arriving passengers. It is believed the trained dog can very quickly determine if a person is infected or not ... together with how long they have been traveling ...
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