Craig discusses Elon Musks companies but specifically, the promising news about his Neuralink program has for those who are “locked-on” or confined to a wheelchair as a quadriplegic. Listen in to find out.

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Musk says that Neuralink implants are close to ready for human testing

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Craig Peterson: [00:00:00] We’re going to be getting into Apple and their 30% tax or so they’re calling it. We’re also going to talk about the seven signs that you are about to get hit with ransomware. What can we do about it? Interesting article

chorus. This is Craig Peterson. So glad to have you here. You listening to me on WGAN. Of course, you can hear me also. Every Wednesday morning when I’m on with Mr. Matt Gagnon and we talked about the latest yeah. Things going on in the news that you need to know about and explained it in a way that nobody else does.

It’s funny. You get all of these people now. Who were on the radio, a couple of really big names. They talk about things that they are paid by the advertisers to talk about. I just get shocked and maize at the promotions L except where they’ve got a no they’re telling him they have to, Like we’ve explained VPNs before. How most of the time, these cheap and free VPNs actually make you. Less safe online. So I just don’t get it. But anyway, I’m a tech expert. That’s what I do. I’ve been helping businesses with cybersecurity ever since I got it. It way back in 91 was my first big internet hack.

It was actually called a worm that I got way back then and been doing it ever. I love doing it. Love helping people and I love doing training and stuff too. so glad to have you guys all here. Now I spoke this week a little bit about this on the air during the drive time., I think, yeah, this is just absolutely phenomenal.

about Elon Musk. You’ve got to he’s out there everywhere now. You’ve got a boring company that you mean. I’ve heard of it out in LA and now in Vegas, it looks like they might be able to get something together, but this is a company. That makes holes in the ground and allows you to potentially drive at a hundred miles an hour, or ultimately what they want to do is have you going at two, three, four, or 500 miles an hour in a vacuum?

It’s very cool. I saw a very neat little episode on it on Jay Leno’s garage, where he drove a Tesla. Through one of these tunnels at the boring company had made out there now lay, this is a test tunnel and it was absolutely astounding how fast they were able to go and how well it all worked.

And so neat stuff there, of course, about the Tesla cars, which Jelena was driving at the time, you’ve heard about the rocket it’s in the amazing things they have done. I saw a Falcon heavy videotape of the tape, Of them launching a craft, recovering the boots to rockets. like they all land in the back of the Cape and I also saw a hop, skip, and a jump that was done with this massive rocket.

They’re going to use just sending people to Mars on it’s just, yeah. He, this guy is just amazing. The things he’s done. He’s also got a satellite network up in space. That’s going to give us access to the internet inexpensively worldwide. Very cool. Very cool. Now what I was talking about this week is something called Neurolink.

Now there have been a number of things that have been done. Recently trying to help people that are, have a disability, a physical disability. So let’s say someone’s leg was badly injured or our hand was removed arm. All of these types of appendages. You might’ve seen this for years. I remember when I was younger, the first time I saw one of these kinds of cloth things and it had a rubber band on it, and that was used to.

Close that, that kind of the hook, the claw. They could use it to pick up things, which is just a great step forward. But what they were doing is using no muscles. Sometimes I’d have a muscle attachment and then they got a little fancier and they put since sensors, for instance, in the arm and the sensors would pick up electrical signals.

So when someone was. Moving a muscle, although it muscle no longer moved a finger. For instance, like you’re trying to move the index finger. That muscle would Twitch. When you tried to move the index finger, that was no longer there. The sensor picks that up and now moves that index finger that’s on that mechanical hand, electromechanical hand also.

Very cool. So things to really help people out. There are a lot of people now who are completely locked in. They can’t do anything. Think of Stephen Hawking as he approached the end of his life and how he was able to do some communication. He’s lucky enough to be able to control his breath and his lip to some degree and use that to interface with a computer, to be able to speak.

You’ve heard him speak before. what ni Elon Musk is doing right now? What he demoed last week was something called a neural link implant. He had three little pigs while I can get more and more of that up on stage with him, this pretty low profile company. You might think, what’s with the pigs, right?

they don’t certainly get the publicity, the Tesla or Space X get, but he is coming up with a mass-market blood-brain implant. Ultimately that could be installed by a robot in same-day surgery. Now you might be thinking about Skynet and the Terminator and what happens when they get all of our brains hooked up to this big computer.

Some people have that as a goal. They say the reasons for this would be we would have access to all knowledge instantaneously. Think of what Google is doing. They’re grabbing everything they possibly can. They are making it searchable a lot of stuff, but you really don’t want them to you crabbing, They’re out there and making it searchable, making it usable, but you still have to type it in. You still have to do the searching. Ultimately, what would happen if you could go and just have a thought and say, man, I wonder how long it would take me to get down to Miami right now. You’d have that answer.

You wouldn’t even have to think the question, ultimately, that is decades ahead. What’s happening right now with these pigs, for instance, is he has a second-generation neuro link that he is using. It’s been about 12 months since he had the last version that’s out, but he’s changed the plan because it was far too complicated.

Of course. One of the toughest things to do is to make things simpler. That’s exactly what he’s done. It’s very impressive. Of course, it’s not him, he’s not the one that’s doing the hardware design and figuring out all the neuro stuff going on in the brain. There’s a lot of people working on this, some amazing people.

But they did make a mess major change. That is that these pigs that were carrying his implants, they weren’t able to read the brain, but they were able to determine with this one pig that was the main, the keynote pig. They were able to determine the pig’s movement of a leg. Now you might wonder why that’s a long way from reading someone’s mind.

yeah, obviously it is, but what it is closer to is giving them the ability to know that pig intended to move its leg. So that ultimately what could happen is you put this neural link into the brain, the old version that had a thousand electrodes had to be inserted into different collections of neurons in the brain.

You had wires underneath the cranium, going to different parts of the brain no longer here. Okay. There are no only to run the wires across the surface of the brain, the whole behind that. Your hardware is gone. It’s a single implant about the size of a quarter. there’s whole original thing, right?

Ultimately they want to replace part of the skull. They’re going to have to do that in order to detect everything. Cause they’ve got this pig’s leg, they know where the leg is moving. They know a little bit about the movement that’s going on, but different parts of your brain are there to handle different functions, different things.

So this is very cool. It is a major rethinking about how this whole thing’s going to work. This particular one is like a very thick coin. It has all of the hardware. You need to keep it functional. There’s a battery in it. That’s good enough for full day operation and it uses inductive charging. So you don’t have to plug it in.

You just put it right next to a charger can like you might with your latest smartphone, You just put it on a charging pad and there are some support chips and they’ve got some pretty cool stuff with Bluetooth, but. The central feature in this chips design is to determine what the neurons firing mean.

Okay. So yeah, you have all these neurons, billions of them in your brain. This device is listening in on it and is communicating by firing a series of little spikes a short burst of electrical activity, and they can detect what’s going on in that area of the brain. Eh, this is fantastic. You’re getting, going back to.

some of them, these brilliant people that are literally locked in their bodies, this could eventually, and in the fairly near future, frankly, allow them to interface with the world outside. Imagine Stephen Hawking being able to move around much more readily, be able to communicate much more readily, do his research to type up reports, to communicate with other teams.

This could be absolutely amazing. He is right now trying to recruit some people to work at Neurolink they’ve got about a hundred employees and he thinks that they are getting close to potential human trials. So they’ve got a breakthrough device designation from the food and drug agency, which is pretty darn cool.

And they are working on having. Some of this stuff goes further than the previous work could control a robot arm with a brain implant. this is neat. He didn’t indicate when those experiments are really gonna start. But man, this is absolutely amazing. It’s the type of thing that just brings tears to my eyes to think of all of these people, that technology is going to be able to help.

So stick around, we’re going to be talking more about, of course, the tech this week, we’re going to get into also another story about Tesla in this case of a Russian tourist, and then why he was arrested, trying to cripple Tesla, interesting stuff. Of course, Coming up here, these seven red flags that you’re about to get hit with ransomware.

What are some of the things you can do about it? You’re listening to Craig Peterson here on WGAN and Wednesdays with Matt at seven 30. Stick around. We’ll be right back.

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