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Elon Musk’s firm “Neuralink” is preparing for human testing of its brain chip implant

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Elon Musk is poised to transform the neurotechnology business with his company Neuralink, following his remarkable transformation of the automotive and space sectors. 

The goal of Elon Musk’s firm is to create a brain-computer interface that would allow a person to manage a computer or mobile device through an implant in their head. Thousands of people have indicated interest in obtaining one of Neuralink’s brain implants as the company gets ready for the human trials of its brain chip implantation, according to Bloomberg. 

Following the US FDA’s clear cut decision, Elon Musk’s startup is getting ready to begin human trials in the upcoming months. In order to participate in a clinical study for Neuralink’s brain implant, volunteers must have a portion of their skull surgically replaced with a brain chip that will remain in place for years. According to BB, the brain chip can read and analyze a person’s brain activity and even wirelessly send the data to a nearby laptop or tablet.

After testing its equipment on animals, Neuarlink came under fire from multiple agencies a few months ago for allegedly breaking the Animal Welfare Act. According to Reuters, the brain chip’s animal studies have purportedly killed 1,500 animals since 2018.

Nonetheless, the US FDA has given the business permission to start human testing for its brain chips. According to Business Insider, Elon Musk previously referred to the device as a “Fitbit in your skull.”

What is Neuralink?

As a neurotechnology company, Neuralink is creating a brain-computer interface, or BCI, to gather brain impulses. Additionally, BCI will analyze the data and convert it into commands that can be used to operate an external device. 

Author Ashlee Vance, who is also Elon Musk’s biographer, stated in the Bloomberg piece that he made ten trips to Neuralink’s facilities over a three-year period. Furthermore, he mentioned that the company has not yet implanted its device into a human brain. On the other hand, it intends to start the experiment on 11 individuals next year and on over 22,000 by 2030.

In September, Neuralinks started recruiting participants for its human brain chip experiments. Neuralink claimed in its release that it is seeking volunteers for clinical studies who have been paralyzed in all four limbs due to spinal cord injury or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

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