Monday, December 27, 2021

Elon Musk Says Neuralink Will Begin Testing Human Brain Implants In 2022

From Observer—who we used to know for their real estate coverage*, December 7:

Neuralink Aims to Begin Testing Brain Chips in Humans in 2022, Elon Musk Says
Musk is confident the FDA will approve human testing because Neuralink's "standards for implanting the device are higher than what the FDA requires."

In April, Elon Musk’s neurotech startup Neuralink demonstrated a controversial experiment where a macaque monkey with two “Link” devices implanted in his brain was seen playing a simple video game solely with his mind. The same type of brain implant could be experimented in humans as soon as next year, the CEO said.

“We have a chance with Neuralink to restore full-body functionality to someone who has a spinal cord injury,” Musk, who is also the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, said in a video interview during The Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council Conference on Monday.

Neuralink’s ultimate goal is to create a brain-machine interface where human consciousness and machine intelligence converge into one. But early use cases will focus on helping people with paralysis and other neurological disorders regain control over their lives.

“I think we have a chance—and I emphasize a chance—to be able to allow someone who cannot walk or use their arms to be able to walk again naturally,” Musk said during Monday’s conference, adding, “I don’t want to raise hopes unreasonably, but I’m increasingly convinced that this could be done.”

Reiterating his cautious optimism, he later clarified on Twitter, “I am definitely not saying that we can for sure do this, but I am increasingly confident that it is possible.”

In any case, Neuralink’s first challenge is to get the FDA on board with experimenting with such a device in humans. Confident that regulatory approval won’t be an issue, Musk said Neuralink’s “standards for implanting the device are higher than what the FDA requires.”....


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