Neuralink full send... Elon's brain chips actually work on humans

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21 Mar 202404:26

Summary

TLDRElon Musk's Neuralink has successfully implanted a brain-computer interface into a human subject, 29-year-old Nolan Arbau, who was paralyzed from the shoulders down. The technology allows Arbau to control a computer cursor with his thoughts, thanks to a chip with 1,024 electrodes that picks up brain waves. This breakthrough could revolutionize assistive technology for the disabled and potentially lead to integration with advanced robotics, offering a future where disabilities may be less restrictive. Despite skepticism, Neuralink's data is one-way, ensuring privacy and safety, and clinical trials for the technology are open for public participation.

Takeaways

  • 🚀 Neuralink successfully implanted their first brain chip in a human, debunking fears and rumors of failure.
  • 🚨 Nolan Arbou, a 29-year-old paralyzed from the shoulder down, gained telekinetic-like abilities, controlling devices with his thoughts.
  • 🎮 Using the Neuralink chip, Nolan can play chess and Civilization VI by just thinking, without any physical interaction.
  • 🧭 The installation of the Neuralink chip is performed by a surgical robot, which implants threads finer than human hair into the brain.
  • 💿 The N1 chip has 1,024 electrodes across 64 threads, offering high-density brain wave detection capabilities.
  • 📯 Neuralink's technology allows for wireless data transmission and is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery.
  • 🤖 The technology operates by detecting and interpreting brain wave patterns to translate specific thoughts into actions.
  • 🛠 Brain-computer interface requires the user to practice movements to accurately match thoughts with actions.
  • 🤦‍♂️ Skepticism exists around brain chips, but current implementations are unidirectional, preventing unwanted data reception or complex thought identification.
  • 💎 Clinical trials for Neuralink's brain chip technology are open, inviting early adopters to participate.

Q & A

  • What significant announcement did Elon Musk make a few months ago regarding Neuralink?

    -Elon Musk announced that Neuralink had successfully implanted their first brain-computer interface, known as a 'neuralink chip,' into a real-life human.

  • What was the initial concern about the safety of the Neuralink device after its implantation in a human?

    -There was concern that the device might have malfunctioned or exploded, potentially causing harm or even death to the first human test subject, referred to as 'patient zero.'

  • What was the outcome of the Neuralink installation in the first human user?

    -The Neuralink installation was a success, and the first user, a 29-year-old man named Nolan, gained telekinetic-like abilities, such as controlling a mouse cursor to play games using only his thoughts.

  • How was the Neuralink chip implanted into Nolan's brain?

    -A surgical robot drilled a hole into Nolan's cranium and implanted tiny threads, finer than human hair, into his brain. These threads contained high-density electrodes capable of detecting electrical activity or brain waves.

  • How does the Neuralink device transmit data and receive power?

    -The Neuralink device transmits data wirelessly and is powered by a small lithium-ion battery that is charged wirelessly from the outside using an inductive charger.

  • What is the significance of the different types of brain waves mentioned in the script, and how do they relate to the device's function?

    -Different brain waves correspond to different levels of alertness and focus. The Neuralink device is particularly interested in gamma waves, which are associated with high focus, as these can be used to identify specific thought patterns and translate them into actions, such as moving a mouse cursor.

  • What is the process for a user to start using the Neuralink device effectively?

    -After surgery, the user must practice a variety of movements through a brain-computer interface to help the system learn which thoughts correspond to which actions, as everyone's brain waves are unique.

  • How could Neuralink technology potentially change the lives of people with disabilities in the future?

    -The technology could be integrated with advanced robotic devices like exoskeletons or mech suits, allowing people with disabilities to control these devices with their brains, significantly improving their mobility and independence.

  • What are some concerns and misconceptions about brain chips that the script addresses?

    -The script clarifies that data flow is one-way, meaning there's no risk of advertisements in dreams or loss of bodily function control due to subscription issues. It also assures that complex thoughts cannot be identified, and there's no risk of legal trouble for 'wrong think'. Lastly, there's no API for developers to build apps on the device.

  • How can someone become an early adopter of Neuralink technology?

    -Clinical trials for the Neuralink 'Founder's Edition' brain chip are open, and interested individuals can sign up through a link provided in the video description.

  • What is the role of the host, Nolan Arbau, in the video?

    -Nolan Arbau, a 29-year-old man paralyzed from the shoulder down, is the first human to use the Neuralink device. He demonstrates his newfound abilities, such as controlling a computer mouse with his thoughts, and serves as an example of the technology's potential impact.

Outlines

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🚀 Neuralink's Breakthrough and Nolan's Telekinetic Abilities

This paragraph introduces the recent success of Neuralink's brain-chip implantation in a human subject, specifically Nolan, who has gained telekinetic-like abilities after being paralyzed from a diving accident. It highlights the initial skepticism and fear due to prior testing with monkeys and the surprising positive results. The video's host, Nolan, explains that the technology allows him to control a mouse cursor with his thoughts, playing complex games without any physical interaction. The focus is on the revolutionary potential of this technology and the respect owed to Nolan for being the first human test subject.

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Keywords

💡Neuralink

Neuralink is a neurotechnology company founded by Elon Musk, focused on developing implantable brain–machine interfaces (BMIs). In the context of the video, Neuralink has successfully implanted its first brain-chip into a human subject, marking a significant milestone in the field of BMIs. The company's goal is to enable humans to communicate with computers and potentially enhance human cognition and motor functions.

💡Brain-Chip

A brain-chip, or brain-computer interface (BCI), is a small electronic device that is implanted into the brain to facilitate direct communication between the brain and external devices. In the video, the brain-chip developed by Neuralink allows the user to control a computer cursor with their thoughts, demonstrating the potential for restoring or enhancing motor functions in individuals with paralysis.

💡Telekinesis

Telekinesis is the alleged psychic ability to move or manipulate objects without physical interaction. In the context of the video, Nolan's 'telekinetic-like abilities' refer to his capacity to control digital interfaces using only his thoughts, thanks to the Neuralink brain-chip. This term is used metaphorically to describe the seemingly supernatural control Nolan exerts over digital objects through his brainwaves.

💡Paralysis

Paralysis is the loss or impairment of the ability to move some or all of the muscles in one's body. In the video, Nolan was paralyzed from the shoulder down due to a diving accident. The Neuralink brain-chip has provided him with a means to regain some form of control over digital interfaces, which is a significant development for individuals with paralysis.

💡Electrodes

Electrodes are conductive elements that are used to make contact with a non-metallic part of a circuit, such as a semiconductor or an electrolyte. In the context of the Neuralink brain-chip, electrodes are high-density conductive surfaces that detect and record electrical activity in the brain, also known as brain waves. These electrodes are essential for the brain-chip's ability to translate neural signals into commands for external devices.

💡Brain Waves

Brain waves are the oscillations or patterns of electrical activity that occur in the brain and are associated with various cognitive states and functions. They are typically measured using electroencephalography (EEG). In the video, brain waves are the signals that the Neuralink brain-chip detects to identify specific thoughts and translate them into actions. Different frequencies of brain waves, such as delta, alpha, and gamma waves, correspond to different levels of alertness and cognitive activity.

💡Surgical Robot

A surgical robot is a machine that performs surgery with a higher degree of precision and control than a human surgeon can achieve. In the context of the Neuralink implantation, a surgical robot is used to drill a hole into the patient's skull and implant the brain-chip with precision. This use of automation reduces the risk of human error and ensures the delicate procedure is executed with the utmost care.

💡Wireless Data Transmission

Wireless data transmission refers to the transfer of data over a communication channel without the use of wires or cables. In the case of the Neuralink brain-chip, data is transmitted wirelessly from the chip to external devices, allowing the user to interact with technology without any physical connections. This feature is crucial for the convenience and practicality of the device.

💡Brain-Computer Interface (BCI)

A brain-computer interface (BCI) is a direct communication pathway between the brain and an external device. BCIs are often used to help people with paralysis or other disabilities to communicate or control devices. In the video, the Neuralink brain-chip acts as a BCI, enabling Nolan to control a computer cursor with his thoughts, which is a significant advancement in assistive technology.

💡Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are research studies performed with human participants to determine the safety and effectiveness of new medical interventions, such as drugs or medical devices. In the context of the video, Neuralink is conducting clinical trials for its brain-chip, offering the opportunity for individuals to become early adopters of this technology.

💡Robotics

Robotics is the branch of technology that deals with the design, construction, operation, and use of robots. In the video, the field of robotics is mentioned as being on the rise, with advancements such as the development of humanoid robots with dexterity and the potential integration of brain chips with robotic suits. This integration could lead to the creation of advanced prosthetics or exoskeletons controlled by the user's brain.

💡Privacy and Security

Privacy and security concerns in the context of the Neuralink brain-chip relate to the potential risks of unauthorized access to or manipulation of the data transmitted by the device. The video addresses these concerns by explaining that the data flow is one-way, meaning that there is no risk of advertisements being injected into dreams or of critical bodily functions being turned off by external entities.

Highlights

Elon Musk's Neuralink has successfully implanted its first brain-computer interface (BCI) device in a human.

Initial skepticism and fears about the implant's success were proven wrong, as the patient survived and demonstrated remarkable abilities.

The first human user of Neuralink, a 29-year-old man named Nolan, was paralyzed from the shoulder down due to a diving accident.

Nolan has gained telekinetic-like abilities, such as controlling a mouse cursor to play games using only his thoughts.

The Neuralink device operates without eye tracking or external sensors, relying solely on the chip implanted in the brain.

The N1 chip contains 1,024 electrodes distributed across 64 threads, with 16 electrodes per thread, far surpassing typical electroencephalogram (EEG) sensors.

The surgical process involves a robotic system that drills a hole into the skull and weaves threads into the brain, containing high-density electrodes to detect brain waves.

Neuralink transmits data wirelessly and is powered by a small, rechargeable lithium-ion battery.

Understanding brain waves is crucial for interpreting the signals, with different frequencies corresponding to various levels of alertness and focus.

The technology allows for the recognition of specific thought patterns, which can then be translated into actions, such as moving a computer mouse.

Post-surgery, patients must practice with a brain-computer interface to learn which thoughts correspond to which movements.

The potential integration of Neuralink with advanced robotics could revolutionize the way people with disabilities interact with the world.

The development in robotics, such as humanoid robots with dexterity, indicates a future where brain chips and robotics could converge significantly.

Neuralink's technology has the potential to make disabilities less restrictive, offering a major advancement for humanity.

Despite skepticism, Neuralink's data only flows one way, ensuring privacy and preventing unwanted interference with brain functions.

Clinical trials for Neuralink's technology are open, allowing individuals to become early adopters of the brain-computer interface.

The Code Report provides an in-depth look at the groundbreaking technology and its implications for the future.

Transcripts

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a few months ago Elon Musk announced

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neuralink had implanted their first

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brain ship into a real life human but in

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the weeks that followed we heard nothing

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but

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crickets based on the prior testing

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results with monkeys doctors scientists

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and Elon haters all over the world

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feared the worst they assume the enlon

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likely exploded and patient zero did not

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survive finally yesterday we learned the

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truth the neurolink install was a

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success and the results are absolutely

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mind-blowing first ever user of the Nur

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link device and I think you're my only

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telekinetic friend that I have yeah I

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hope so it is March 21st 2024 and you're

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watching the code report this is Nolan

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arbau he's a 29-year-old who was

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paralyzed from the shoulder down in a

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diving accident that's not the best card

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to be dealt in life but over the last

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few weeks he's gained telekinetic like

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abilities that seem impossible at first

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glance like here he's controlling a

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mouse cursor to play games like chess

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and Civ 6 using nothing but his thoughts

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there's no eye tracking or sensors other

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than the chip in his brain in today's

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video we'll find out exactly how this

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crazy technology works and make some

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predictions about where things are going

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in the future but first I think Humanity

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owes this guy a huge amount of respect

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and appreciation the average person

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thinks they're brave for being an early

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adopter of the cybertruck but it takes

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real balls of stainless steel to order

01:13

the foundation series neuralink what's

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crazy is that the chip itself is not

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installed by a human surgeon but rather

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a surgical robot after drilling a hole

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into your cranium it implants a bunch of

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tiny threads that are finer than a human

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hair it uses a tiny needle like a sewing

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machine to weave these threads into your

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brain each thread contains contains high

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density electrodes which are capable of

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detecting electrical activity also known

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as brain waves the N1 ship has 1,24

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electrodes distributed across 64 threads

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which means you have 16 electrodes per

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thread to put that in perspective a

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typical Electro andram will have around

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20 sensors and they typically max out

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around 256 electrodes in addition

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they're on the outside of your skull

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which means you're more likely to get

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interference before that signal reaches

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the electrode the only real Advantage is

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that you don't have to drill a hole into

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your skull the N1 trans mits data

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wirelessly and is powered by a small

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lithium ion battery and that battery is

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charged wirelessly from the outside via

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an inductive charger but the big

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question here is how is this guy

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actually moving a mouse with his

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thoughts well in order to understand

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that we need to learn a little bit about

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brain waves when you're asleep your

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brain emits low frequency delta waves

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around 2 Herz when you wake up and

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become a little more alert they increase

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their frequency to Alpha Waves at around

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10 Herz and then finally when you become

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highly focused like when solving a

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coding problem or playing chess they

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become gamma waves at around 35 Herz and

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that's what we're most interested in

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measuring because we can recognize

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certain wave patterns just like a

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soundwave which can identify a distinct

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thought in your brain they didn't

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provide a ton of detail in the neuralink

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video but he might have a thought like

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move my right arm that creates a

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specific type of electrical signal in

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his brain the chip itself can then pick

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up on that which triggers an action to

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move the mouse to the right but that

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doesn't happen magically right after the

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surgery there's a brain computer

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interface where the end user needs to

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practice a bunch of movements because

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everybody's brain waves are different

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and it needs to learn which thoughts

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correspond to which movements now if you

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have working arms and legs you might not

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be all that excited but for many this

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technology could be life-changing

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especially when integrated with

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futuristic Technologies like today we

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have wheelchairs but in the Noto distant

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future they could be replaced by Mech

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suits that are entirely controlled by

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the person's brain I know that sounds

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crazy but the field of Robotics is also

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popping off right now figure one has

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incredible humanlike dexterity and

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Nvidia just announced their own humanoid

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world and it's only a matter of time

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before there's an apple robot Pro when

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brain chips and Robotics converge in the

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near future human disabilities may be

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far less restrictive and that's a big

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win for Humanity now brain chips do have

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their Skeptics for obvious reasons but

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luckily the data only flows one way you

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don't have to worry about getting KFC

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advertisements injected into your dreams

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and they won't be able to turn off

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important bodily functions if you don't

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pay your monthly subscription also they

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can't really identify highly complex

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thoughts which means there's no need to

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worry about being thrown in jail for

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wrong think while the NSA monitors your

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thoughts and most importantly there

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won't be an API for JavaScript

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developers to build apps on it now

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finally the good news is that you can be

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an early adopter as well clinical trials

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are open for the neuralink prime study

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where you can get your Founders Edition

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brain chip make sure to sign up with the

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link on screen full disclosure this

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video is not sponsored and I don't get

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paid if you don't survive the trial so

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come with me if you want to not die this

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has been the code report thanks for

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watching and I will see you in the next

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one

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