Elon Musk introduced Gertrude via a video link during a livestream event in which he was looking for employees for Neuralink.
On Friday, the director of SpaceX and Tesla, Elon Musk, presented to the world a pig with, according to his claims, a small computer implanted in its brain.
“We have a healthy and happy pig here, shy at first but full of energy, and somehow, it seems, loves life, and has had a small implant in his brain for two months,” Musk told Gertrude’s pig, according to The Guardian.
Elon Musk introduced Gertrude via a video link during a livestream event in which he was looking for employees for Neuralink. He also explained that Gertrude’s implant is the size of an ordinary coin and that it can be removed. As an example of this, he cited the pig Dorothy, who, according to his claims, had an implant in her brain for a while, which was then removed very quickly.
This billionaire and entrepreneur explained that such devices could help human intelligence already have a chance in the fight against artificial intelligence, which it considers an “existential threat”. At the livestream event, he made claims about the potential of this technology, stating that it could be used for simple things like playing video games, but also for more complex ones – it could allow an immobile person to walk again.
All of this is a Neuralink project, and neuroscience experts say that while the mission of reading and stimulating brain activity in humans is feasible, the company’s plans are overly ambitious.
Small devices that electronically stimulate nerves and areas of the brain to treat hearing loss and Parkinson’s disease have been implanted in humans for decades.