The Obtain: mind bandwidth, and synthetic wombs

Final week, Elon Musk made the daring assertion that sticking electrodes in individuals’s heads goes to result in an enormous enhance within the charge of knowledge switch out of, and into, human brains.

The event of Musk’s submit was the announcement by Neuralink, his brain-computer interface firm, that it was formally searching for the primary volunteer to obtain an implant that comprises greater than twice the variety of electrodes than earlier variations to gather extra knowledge from extra nerve cells.

The entrepreneur talked about a long-term purpose of vastly growing “bandwidth” between individuals, or individuals and machines, by an element of 1,000 or extra. However what does he imply, and is it even potential? Learn the complete story.

—Antonio Regalado

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Every little thing it’s essential find out about synthetic wombs

Earlier this month, US Meals and Drug Administration advisors met to debate the right way to transfer analysis on synthetic wombs from animals into people.

These medical gadgets are designed to offer extraordinarily untimely infants a bit extra time to develop in a womb-like atmosphere earlier than coming into the surface world. They’ve been examined with a whole bunch of lambs (and a few piglets), however animal fashions can’t absolutely predict how the expertise will work for people. 

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