Neuralink will look to insert chips to help people with neural diseases. In the future, he hopes to also serve in entertainment.
The path of Neuralink , Elon Musk ‘s startup , is marked and is getting closer to the first clinical trials in humans.
After showing us the first advances in pigs ( measuring their brain activity ) and in monkeys ( allowing them to play Pong ), Neuralink now hopes to carry out its own trials in humans.
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Neuralink is recruiting for a clinical trial director to “work closely with some of the most innovative physicians and top engineers, as well as working with Neuralink ‘s early clinical trial participants, “ the solicitation states.
Elon Musk , brain behind this initiative, aims to help people with neural problems.
“I think with Neuralink we have an opportunity to bring back full-body functionality to someone with a spinal cord injury. Neuralink is working well in monkeys, and we’re actually doing a lot of testing and confirming that it’s very safe, reliable and that the device can be safely removed,” Elon Musk told an executive summit hosted by The Wall Street Journal.
First of all, Neuralink is intended for people with neurology-based health problems such as deafness, blindness, paralysis, and more. Because it bypasses all the organs and goes directly to the brain, it will be able to correct all these problems with the chip, even if it is still a long way from reaching this destination.
That is why the first implants will be performed on people with severe spinal cord injuries, such as tetraplegics and quadriplegics. These implants will have the purpose of recovering movement.
In the future, however, the goals are ambitious : a human could be connected directly to computers and could listen to music or text directly with their thoughts. The promises go further stating that in the future it will be possible to save parts of our memory with the chip and digitize them for download or storage.