Next Big Future: Neuralink Multi-thousand Channel Brain Interface Implantation Surgery

Do you want to create the Borg?

Because this is how you get the Borg.

The full Neuralink paper describing how their multi-thousand channel brain interface system will be built and implanted is here. It is called “An integrated brain-machine interface platform with thousands of channels”.

Neuralink believes the key to high fidelity brain interfaces is to precisely reading the electrical spiking of the brain.

They call this roughly ten thousand probe sensors as the N1 system. Clearly the N2 system would be at least 10 times or 100 times higher in channel count. They want to reach the entire motor cortex and decode all signals. The current system would maximally scale to a few million probes and connections but they will have to get much smaller for billions of connections and sensors.

Source: Neuralink Multi-thousand Channel Brain Interface Implantation Surgery – NextBigFuture.com

Next Big Future: Teleportation of Quantum Information In Diamond Is Big for Quantum Communication

Researchers from the Yokohama National University have teleported quantum information securely within the confines of a diamond which could be big for quantum computing and quantum communication.

“The success of the photon storage in the other node establishes the entanglement between two adjacent nodes,” Kosaka said. Called quantum repeaters, the process can take individual chunks of information from node to node, across the quantum field.

“Our ultimate goal is to realize scalable quantum repeaters for long-haul quantum communications and distributed quantum computers for large-scale quantum computation and metrology,” Kosaka said.

Source: Teleportation of Quantum Information In Diamond Is Big for Quantum Communication – NextBigFuture.com

Next Big Future: Game Changing Direct Drive Fusion Propulsion Progress

Direct Fusion Drive, is a unique fusion engine concept based on the Princeton Field-Reversed Configuration (PFRC) fusion reactor under development at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. The truly game-changing levels of thrust and power in a modestly sized package could integrate with our current launch infrastructure while radically expanding the science capability of these missions. NIAC grants require that a technology be studied in the context of a specific mission. The mission context is the delivery of a Pluto orbiter with a lander, which cannot be done with any other technology. Direct Fusion Drive (DFD) provides moderate thrust to allow for reasonable transit times to Pluto while delivering substantial mass to orbit: 1000 kg delivered in four years using 5 N constant thrust.

Source: Game Changing Direct Drive Fusion Propulsion Progress – NextBigFuture.com