Elon Musk's Neuralink to start clinical trials of implanting brain chips in humans

By H.JanGra

January 28, 2022

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Billionaire Elon Musk's company Neuralink is conceiving implants to be able to communicate with machines by thought.

Neuralink’s first clinical trials with a small number of human patients would be aimed at treating paralysis or paraplegia, the company’s head surgeon Dr. Matthew MacDougall said.

The neurotechnology firm aims to develop implants that can treat neural disorders 

And that may one day be powerful enough to put humanity on a more even footing with possible future superintelligent computers.

Musk described Neuralink’s chip, which is roughly 23 millimeters (0.9 inch) in diameter, as “a Fitbit in your skull with tiny wires.”

Neuralink wants to first use the device with people who have severe spinal cord injury to help them talk, type and move using their brain waves.

The brain-chip startup had released footage on Friday appearing to show a monkey playing a simple videogame after getting implants of the new technology.