With Neuralink, Elon Musk’s company announced that it has implanted its Telepath chip in a human being for the first time, the hope is growing of being able to cure some patients such as paraplegics and people affected by neurodegenerative diseases such as multiple sclerosis, with this new technology. “Being able to develop it in the next 6 or 7 years is a real prospect” assures Luca Berdondini, expert in Microtechnology for neuroelectronics at the Italian Institute of Technology.
The project that Luca Berdondini coordinates, called Corticale, paves the way for a new generation of implantable devices with over a thousand electrodes. “It is used to restore motor capacity to those who have lost it due to trauma or pathologies” declares the expert. Further down the line, implantable chips could also be used to treat other problems such as epilepsy. “It will be possible to achieve the ability to modulate brain capacity through electroceuticals, i.e. with devices that allow us to prevent epileptic attacks, without having to take drugs” adds the expert.