Startup Elon Musk wants to read thoughts with wires in the brain.

Neural ink, a company founded by Tesla boss Elon Musk, wants to test mind-reading technology on test subjects next year. For this, electrodes in the form of thin wires would be implanted in the brain.

The brain implants of the American company Neural ink must make a connection between the human brain and computers possible. It would allow users to control computers with their thoughts. Neural ink announced this during a presentation on Wednesday morning. Tesla boss Elon Musk is one of the major donors of Neural ink, which was founded in 2016.

Thin wires read thoughts; it is necessary to place electrodes in the form of fragile cables in the brain. Neural ink has already implanted such electrodes in rats to measure their brain activity.

For the experiments, the company works together with scientists from American Stanford University. "We hope to have this in a person at the end of next year," said Musk during the presentation. The US regulator FTC has not yet approved the testing of technology on humans.

Operation with robot
The threads that Neural ink uses are a quarter times thicker than a human hair. For test subjects, four holes are first drilled into the skull. A robot must then place the electrodes very precisely in the brain. In the future, Neural ink hopes to use lasers to make holes in the head.

According to Neural ink, the flexible electrodes are less dangerous than the current brain implants. In the future, surgery should be as easy as laser eye surgery, says Matthew MacDonald, Neural ink chief surgeon.

"Upgrade your brain."

According to Neural ink, this technology makes it possible to write texts, such as e-mails and text messages, by thinking. It would also be possible in the future to download a new language that the person does not yet speak.

Neural ink first focuses on people who cannot move their bodies. Founder Elon Musk hopes that eventually, everyone could use the device. The first goal is to be able to write 40 words per minute by thinking.

Neural ink is not the only company that works on technology to connect brains to machines. Facebook is also working on technologies that make it possible to send thoughts to a computer. "One day we will be able to send complete thoughts to each other immediately," said Facebook boss Mark.