During a “show and tell” recruitment event on Wednesday night, Neuralink, Elon Musk’s health technology company, provided advancements on its brain-implant technology. During the occasion, Musk declared his intention to purchase one of the implants for himself.
Two of the company’s apps, according to Musk, would work to restore eyesight, even for those who were born blind, while a third application will concentrate on the motor cortex to help those with severed spinal cords regain “full bodily functionality.” We’re certain that regaining full bodily functionality is not physically constrained, Musk stated.
In as little as six months, Neuralink may start testing the motor cortex technology on people, according to Musk.
But we’ve filed, I believe, most of our documentation to the FDA, he added. “Obviously, we want to be exceedingly careful and ensure that it will operate properly before putting a device in a human.”
Musk said that he intends to buy one for himself. “You might not even be aware that you have a Neuralink implanted right now. In a hypothetical situation, In fact, I will in one of these demonstrations,” he declared. After the incident, he reaffirmed such on Twitter.
Musk and a handful of other scientists and engineers launched Neuralink in 2016. It works to create brain-computer interfaces (BCIs), which link the human brain to devices that can understand neural signals.
Without any supporting data, Musk claimed that Neuralink’s gadgets may one day allow for “superhuman cognition,” allow paraplegic people to control cellphones or robotic limbs with their minds, and “cure” autism and schizophrenia. Musk put tens of millions of his own money into the startup.
Musk stated in the company’s presentation on Wednesday that “as incredible as it may seem, we’re sure that it is feasible to restore complete bodily functionality to someone who has a severed spinal cord.” This high objective was reiterated in the presentation.
Musk demonstrated video of a monkey playing “telepathic video games” that Neuralink initially unveiled more than a year ago. The animal had a computer chip implanted in its skull. The multimillionaire, who serves as Tesla’s CEO at the time that he wanted to implant Neuralink chips into quadriplegics with brain or spinal damage so they may “control a computer mouse, or their phone, or virtually any device just by thinking” and SpaceX and the new owner of Twitter.
The Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine called on Musk on Wednesday to disclose information about experiments on monkeys that had led to internal bleeding, paralysis, chronic infections, seizures, declining psychological health, and death. Neuralink has come under fire for its alleged treatment of monkeys.
Many businesses have made significant progress in recent years employing BCIs for innovation; Neuralink is not the only one. Blackrock Neurotech is on target to release a BCI system in 2019, making it the first BCI to ever be made accessible for purchase. In order to start a clinical study for a BCI that is permanently implanted, Synchron acquired FDA permission in 2021. Paradromics is apparently preparing to start in-human testing in 2023.