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Elon Musk's brain-interface company is promising big news. Here's what it could be

• Technology Review - by Antonio Regalado

Neuralink, the secretive company bankrolled by Elon Musk to develop brain-computer interfaces, will provide its first public update later today in an event streamed over the internet.

This could be the big reveal of what the mysterious company has been up to since Musk announced it two years ago, and hired a pack of leading university neuroscientists to pursue his goal of connecting human brains directly to artificial-intelligence software.

Although everything about Neuralink is top secret, here at MIT Technology Review, we couldn't resist guessing at what the company will show the world. A look at the available evidence suggests Neuralink will show off a "high-bandwidth" connection to a monkey brain—one able to extract lots of information by recording the activity of many neurons at once, using ultrathin flexible electrodes. That could be used to do something cool, like get a monkey to play a video game with its mind.

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