Shortly after reports that the Neuralink project had been chipped, Elon Musk told his followers that human neuro interface testing should begin before the end of this year.
The billionaire is confident that his company’s developments will help people facing paralysis, brain damage, and memory loss to return to normal life.
Elon Musk said one of his companies, Neuralink, is preparing to conduct human trials. The project, whose essence is to create a connection between the computer and the human brain, can take the first participants of the experiment as early as 2021.
One of Musk’s followers expressed his willingness to volunteer in the neuralink opportunity study.
“Hi, Elon Musk. I’ve been thinking about how to address you for a long time, but in the end, I will say simply – 20 years ago I was in an accident, and since then I am paralyzed from the shoulders and below.
I am always ready to take part in neuralink clinical trials. Please contact me!” wrote a user named Hamun Kamay.
In response to Kamaya’s tweet, the billionaire said Neuralink was “very committed” to ensuring the safety of implants and complying with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations.
“If all goes well, we will start human trials as early as this year,” Musk said.
Neuralink will develop devices that will be implanted in the human brain and allow people to take advantage of all the software capabilities.
The implant, which is 23 mm in diameter and 8 mm thick, will stimulate neurons inside the brain with thin and flexible threads with dozens of electrodes.
It is assumed that with the device, which will be located behind the ear, a person deprived of the ability to move, for example, as a result of paralysis, will be able to type on the computer and communicate with the outside world actually by the power of thought.
Musk is confident that Neuralink solutions will not only successfully treat Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s disease but also “preserve and enhance” brain function in healthy people.
It is known that Neuralink has already conducted several successful animal tests.
Thus, in 2019, experiments with chipping were conducted on mice – in 87% of cases, the implantation of a chip with threads in rodents ended successfully.
In August 2020, Musk held an official presentation of the project, showing the world a chipped pig named Gertrude. When Gertrude sneezed or ate, the computer recorded strong brain signals that were broadcast to the screen.
Also, in February of this year, as part of a discussion in the Clubhouse app, Elon Musk said that Neuralink employees also successfully chipped the monkey.
“She can play computer games with the power of thought. She’s a happy monkey. We have the best place to keep monkeys in the world. We want them to play Pong with each other,” Elon Musk shared.
Earlier, the businessman stressed that it will take less than an hour to install the chip – it will be handled by a special robot, which is in development.
The implant will be completely invisible on the head, and from its implementation will remain only a small scar.
It is worth noting that not everyone was delighted with Musk’s plans to introduce chips into the human brain. For example, British neuroscientist Andrew Jackson criticized the billionaire’s developments, calling them “mediocre science.” After that, the scientist had to face an army of fans Elon Musk, who stood up for his idol.
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