Elon Musk is looking for smartwatch engineers and manufacturers to join his Neuralink neurotechnology startup. He advertised the position of smartwatch engineer on Twitter. Many IT professionals have expressed interest in working with Elon Musk as a result of the post.
It is an electronics/mechanical/software engineering problem for the Neuralink device that is similar in complexity level to smart watches (which are not easy!), plus the surgical robot, which is comparable to state-of-the art CNC machines.
No need for AI/ NN/ML quite yet.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 24, 2022
The message stems from a discussion on Twitter about how Neuralink can help with concerns like unhealthy obesity. Elon Musk commented on the discussion, saying that Neuralink may be used to cure morbid obesity. The hypothalamic area could be targeted for successful treatment because it would address the brain directly.
He went on to say that developing a cutting-edge robot to implant the chip was a technical challenge. Furthermore, it necessitates engineers at this time and does not require AI, ML, NN, or other similar technologies. He then tweeted about the need for engineers to join Neuralink in order to expedite the process.
Elon Musk said a few years ago that Neuralink had made rapid progress. It won’t be easy to solve such a complicated challenge, especially one that could permanently cure paralysis. Many researchers have expressed skepticism about the project, but Elon Musk’s conviction in it remains unwavering. His company finished the implant in a monkey that used his mind to play pong.
Human testing has not yet been approved for Neuralink. Monkeys continue to be the test subjects, with brain implantation and following tests. Many monkeys perished during the early phase, which had previously aroused some debate.
Neuralink Corporation is a neurotechnology business that creates brain–machine interfaces that can be implanted (BMIs). Elon Musk co-founded the startup, which shares offices with OpenAI in the Pioneer Building in San Francisco. Neuralink was first officially disclosed in March 2017 after it was launched in 2016.
Since its inception, the company has engaged a number of well-known neuroscientists from a variety of colleges. It had acquired $158 million in investment (of which $100 million came from Musk) and employed 90 people by July 2019.
Neuralink reported at the time that it was developing a “sewing machine-like” technology capable of implanting very tiny (4 to 6 m in width) threads into the brain, as well as demonstrating a system that read information from a lab rat via 1,500 electrodes. They had planned to begin human tests in 2020, but that date has since been pushed back to 2022.
Musk’s assertions about the technology have been disputed by several neuroscientists and newspapers, including the MIT Technology Review.