Founded by Musk and a group of scientists and engineers in 2016, Musk has personally invested millions into Neuralink, a company that focuses on brain-computer interfaces. BCIs allow for the human brain to interface with computers that then decipher the brain's neural signals.
Neuralink has been experimenting with animals for some time now, and a video was posted of Pager, a macaque monkey, playing a game of pong using the Neuralink brain chip a year ago. More recently, Musk shared videos of other macaque monkeys performing “telepathic typing,” using just their thoughts to click on highlighted symbols and letters.
Meanwhile, Musk and Neuralink are adamant about using this technology for good, to help those with debilitating conditions.
On Wednesday, Nov. 30, Musk shared that out of the three applications they currently have for Neuralink, two of them are to restore vision for those who are blind. This includes people who were born blind and have never known sight.
The third application is being designed to focus on a person's motor cortex. This will assist in the restoration of “full-body functionality” for those who have suffered spinal cord injuries.