Elon Musk believes his Neuralink brain chip could help treat morbid obesity. Experts say the billionaire's dream isn't as far-fetched as it may seem.
"I don't think it is any more implausible than other claims for the potential of neurotechnology," Professor Andrew Jackson, an expert in neural interfaces.
Experts says commercially-available obesity-busting brain chip was a long way off but the concept was promising if backed by the right science.
In some people with severe obesity, it's the function of a particular brain region, the hypothalamus, that's really driving often an increase in appetite.
If you could find a way to target that particular region & even those particular neurons that drive appetite, then in theory, a drug or a technology that did that could improve the lives of patients
New research suggests it's not only the way people eat that makes them overweight. It could also be that the body doesn't regulate weight properly by burning available fat for energy
A brain chip that can effectively fight obesity is likely a long way off. Neuralink, for one, has yet to receive approval for human testing
Musk said in his TED interview that once the company can begin implanting chips in brains, it will focus on brain and spinal injuries for "probably a decade."