Elon Musk, the chief executive officer (CEO) and co-founder of Neuralink, stated during a show-and-tell event conducted at the company’s headquarters that he would be ready to implant a brain chip made by Neuralink into one of his children if they had a severe accident, such as a broken neck.
With years of work and the company’s goal to help paralysed people communicate their thoughts through a brain-computer interface, Musk said the compare is ready for such a big step. He said, “I would say we’re at the point where at least, in my opinion, it would not be dangerous.”
After the event, the tech entrepreneur also tweeted on his page. He said, “We are now confident that the Neuralink device is ready for humans, so timing is a function of working through the FDA approval process.”
Besides his willingness to test the brain chip on animals and any of his children, Musk also made it known that he is willing to try the device on himself. He said, “You could have a Neuralink device implanted right now, and you wouldn’t even know. I mean, hypothetically. In one of these demos, in fact, in one of these demos, I will.”
Although the human trial is yet to start, the company plans to begin human trials within six months, despite the company failing to meet previous deadlines.
Neuralink in action
Elon Musk, in a video, shared a monkey with implanted Neuralink brain chip. Although the monkey was shown using his mind to move the computer cursor, Musk said, “Technically, he can’t actually spell, so I don’t want to oversell this thing.”
According to him, the project’s success will help quadriplegic use their phone. He said, “Individuals with the brain chip would be able to control their phone better than someone with working hands.”
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