Neuralink Announces Approval to Test Brain Implants on Humans

Neuralink, one of Elon Musk's companies, announced that it had received approval from US health authorities to test its connected brain implants.

Neuralink Announces Approval to Test Brain Implants on Humans

Highlights: Elon Musk’s company Neuralink announced on Twitter, Thursday, 25 May 2023, that the US Health Authorities had approved the testing of its connected brain implants. Elon Musk said in 2020 that these chips would allow humanity to reach a "symbiosis" with AI. Coin-sized prototypes are currently implanted in the skulls and brains of animals. Many monkeys can "play" videogames or "type" on a computer screen by simply following the movement on the screen.

Elon Musk’s start-up Neuralink announced on Twitter, Thursday, 25 May 2023, that the US Health Authorities had approved the testing of its connected brain implant...

Neuralink announces approval to test brain implants on humans

Elon Musk’s start-up company Neuralink announced on Twitter on Thursday, 25 May 2023 that the US Health Authorities had approved the testing of its connected brain implant on humans.

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It is a first step in a long process that will allow us to one day help many people. The Californian company posted a tweet stating that "recruitment is not open for clinical trials".

Neuralink creates connected devices that can be implanted in the brain and communicate directly with computers through thought. First, they must be used for people with neurological disorders or paralysis. The company wants to make the implants reliable and safe enough to be used as elective surgery. People could pay a few thousands dollars to have their brains equipped with computing power. Elon Musk believes that these chips will allow humanity to reach a "symbiosis" with AI in 2020. He spoke of this at the company's conference.

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"We are confident that Neuralink’s device is ready to be used by humans. The timing will depend on the FDA's approval process," he tweeted in late November, one month after acquiring the social network.

Take predictions with a pinch of salt

Elon Musk is no stranger to making risky predictions. This includes those about the range and price of Tesla electric vehicles. He estimated in July 2019 that Neuralink would be able to conduct its first test on humans by 2020.

To date, prototypes the size of coins have been implanted in the skulls and brains of animals. The movement of a cursor allows many monkeys to "play" games on a computer screen or "type" text. The start-up also took stock at the end of November of its latest developments in the design and development of a robotic surgeon, as well as other implants that can be implanted in the spine cord or the eyes to restore vision or mobility.

Synchron announced in July 2022 it had developed the first brain-machine interaction in the United States. Thomas Oxley, founder and CEO of this start up, says in a website video that they are developing technology to broadcast thoughts directly from people who can't move or talk because of an illness or injury. The implant has been placed into blood vessels and allows patients to use their brains and eyes to send emails or surf the web.

" READ ALSO Guest France: Neuroscience: How a paraplegic could walk again with implants

With AFP

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