About the podcast guest
Kevin Dewald is an Embedded Systems and Firmware Engineer at Neuralink, the biggest neurotech company developing ultra-high bandwidth brain-machine interfaces to connect humans and computers. He has also had two startups, one of which he started in university.
We talk to Kevin about major real-world applications of BCIs, how he envisions Neuralink's next steps, and brain surgery automation.
Some Questions We Ask
- Many of our listeners might not know what an Embedded Systems and Firmware Engineer is. Can you talk to us about what you do at Neuralink and why you chose to do it?
- How do you envision the future of BCIs?
- In your bio you say, "I'm always eager to face difficult challenges and break the status quo." Can you talk to us about your relationship with failure and any failures you have had to overcome in the past?
- Can you talk to us about your time in university? Right now I am in university and a portion of our listeners are in the same boat. Looking back what advice would you have for yourself?
- You have several degrees ranging from a bachelors degree in electronic engineering to a bachelors degree in natural sciences to a masters degree in strategic and technological direction. How did you go about choosing what areas to study?
There are around 200,000 people in the United States that suffer from some sort of spinal cord injury. Right now with existing technologies, less than 50 people have had some sort of brain implant with similar capabilities to what we have and that has not been a widespread solution. So, the thing we are trying to build aims at building something that a lot of people can use and this can actually be executed at scale.
Go on LinkedIn and ask a few people you admire if they would be open to going on a quick call with you.
Focus on learning something at a very fundamental level.
Reflect on and keep in mind this quote by Peter Drucker: "The best way to predict a future is to create it."