Elon Musk’s new ambition: to revolutionize the field of neuroscience. After having bought the social network Twitter for some 44 billion dollars, the insatiable billionaire indeed wishes to cure people suffering from tinnitus thanks to a new technology. With his company Neuralink, the boss of Tesla and SpaceX wants to implant chips in the human brain to treat tinnitus within five years. In a tweet, published on April 24, and relayed by the site geek diarythe whimsical billionaire responded to a user questioning him on this subject.
And to the question: “Is there any hope of curing tinnitus?”, Elon Musk did not hesitate to affirm: “Absolutely”. And to clarify: “We could be less than five years away, since the current version of Neuralink is a generalized reader and writer device with about 1,000 electrodes, and it probably takes much less than 1,000 in the case of tinnitus.” The American entrepreneur concluded his message by recalling that “future generations of Neuralink will increase the number of electrodes by several orders of magnitude”.