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Neuralink, a neurotechnology company founded by Elon Musk, is developing a brain-machine interface (BMI) to ‘connect humans and computers.’ “Neuralink is a team of exceptionally talented people. We are creating the future of brain interfaces: building devices now that will help people with paralysis and inventing new technologies that will expand our abilities, our community, and our world,” the company states. In August, Musk unveiled a new design of the Neuralink chip device, called ‘Link’. The tiny coin-size device features thousands of electrode threads that are implanted in the brain's sensory area to stimulate neurons. The Link chip could one day solve a variety of brain-related issues, like curing depression, returning mobility to paralyzed individuals; restoring memory, eyesight, and hearing loss, among other things.
Besides restoring health, Musk's vision for Neuralink is for humans to merge with Artificial Intelligence (AI) – Neuralink “would solve a lot of brain/spine injuries and is ultimately essential for AI symbiosis,” he said. Neuralink also aims to enable users to control their mobile devices with their thoughts. –“We’re designing the first neural implant that will let you control a computer or mobile device anywhere you go,” the company boldly states.
In the future, Neuralink could also feature the capability to summon your Tesla car with a thought and play video games without a controller. Individuals with the Link implant could be able to “save and replay memories,” Musk vsaid in August, “You could potentially download [memories] into a robot body.”
Good summary— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 29, 2020
Neuralink is searching for engineers to work on the Link chip that could transform the future in an incredible way. “Developing neural interfaces is an interdisciplinary challenge. We are looking to hire a wide range of people with diverse engineering, scientific, and operations expertise,” the company said. Neuralink is based in Fremont, California; Musk confirmed in September the neurotech company will expand to Austin, Texas. The company currently has 18 open job listings on its website. Neuralink states that “No prior experience in neuroscience is necessary, we will teach you everything you need to know.” The job positions posted are:
Electrical Engineer for Implant Systems
Embedded Systems & Firmware Engineer
Electrical Engineer, Robotics
Senior Mechanical Engineer
Senior Software Engineer, Robotics
Software Engineer, Robotics
Head of Construction in Austin, Texas
Software Engineer, BMI Applications
Software Engineer, Lab Systems
A Neuralink engineer, Max Hodak, announced via Twitter in November that the company is also –“Looking for rails/react devs [developers] for Neuralink's internal tools! Responsible for tracking all of our devices/surgeries/recordings/etc as well as some data analysis pipelines. Senior opportunities to own things as well as junior roles. firstname.lastname@example.org,” he wrote. You can find a job application at Neuralink.com.
Looking for rails/react devs for Neuralink's internal tools! Responsible for tracking all of our devices/surgeries/recordings/etc as well as some data analysis pipelines. Senior opportunities to own things as well as junior roles. email@example.com— Max Hodak (@max_hodak) November 11, 2020
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