Neuralink probably won’t be searched by ‘normal people’: Mark Zuckerberg
Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg was recently a guest on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast, and during the episode he discussed, among other things, neural technology. During his conversation, Zuckerberg remarked that Elon Musk’s Neuralink probably won’t be popular in the next 10 to 15 years because “normal people” wouldn’t want to have devices implanted in their brains that are made of immature technology.
Zuckerberg admitted that Meta is researching neural interface technology as part of the company’s push into the Metaverse, though he also noted that the tech company is focused on innovations that can receive signals from the brain but does not return any information to it.
In subsequent comments, the CEO of Meta noted that companies like Elon Musk’s Neuralink, which is developing a device that can be implanted in people’s skulls, are taking neural technology “super far.” The Neuralink implant is designed to record and stimulate brain activity, which Musk says could help people cope with conditions such as obesity.
According to Zuckerberg, Musk’s ideas for Neuralink may come to fruition, but the technology won’t be ready any time soon, likely in a few decades. The CEO also joked that he thinks “normal people” probably wouldn’t want a Neuralink implant until the technology is mature.
“I think normal people, in the next 10 or 15 years, probably won’t want to install something in their brains for fun. You want the mature version of this, not the one where it’s going to get a lot better next year, and you have to update your brain implant every year,” Zuckerberg said.
As for Meta, Zuckerberg said the company is now focusing on using wearable devices that can pick up brain signals. Using these devices, people could communicate brain signals through small movements, such as flicking the wrist. The CEO of Meta provided a scenario in which such technology could be used.
“You may have this experience in the future where you’re sitting in a meeting and your wife is texting you, and it pops up in the corner of your glasses, and you want to respond, but you don’t want to like taking your phone out because that’s kinda rude,” Zuckerberg said. Using neural interface technology, a person could “twist your wrist a little bit… like a super low-key move that nobody even knows you’re doing and sends you a message.
Zuckerberg’s appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience the podcast can be seen below.
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