Elon Musk says humans could receive Neuralink Brain Chip by 2022.
Elon Musk believes that his Neuralink brain device will be implantable in people’s skulls by the end of next year.
Elon Musk co-founded Neuralink in 2016, which is working on a device that would be implanted in people’s brains to monitor and stimulate brain activity concurrently.
It’s meant to be used in medical settings to treat significant spinal cord injuries and neurological diseases.
While he doesn’t want to be ‘increasingly confident’ that his fascinating brain-machine will be implanted into the first humans in 2022, the Tesla and SpaceX CEO said that while he doesn’t want to ‘raise hopes unreasonably,’ he is ‘increasingly confident’ that his intriguing brain-machine will be implanted into the first humans in 2022.
He’s also ‘cautiously hopeful’ that the Neuralink chips would be able to help those who are tetraplegic or quadriplegic regain full bodily functionality.
In a Twitter message, Musk reiterated the 2022 deadline. “Next year, when we put gadgets in people (it’s difficult to have complex talks with monkeys), progress will speed,” he stated.
“I think we have a chance with Neuralink to restore full-body functionality to someone who has a spinal cord injury,” Musk said in a video interview for the Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council Conference. “I don’t want to raise hopes unreasonably, but I’m increasingly convinced that this could be done,” he added.
The Neuralink chips have been used to record and stimulate brain activity in monkeys, allowing them to complete tasks with their minds.
The chip will be given to those who are completely or partially paralyzed to help them regain function.
“Neuralink is functioning well in monkeys,” Musk said earlier this week at The Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council Summit. “We’re really conducting a lot of testing and simply validating that it’s incredibly safe and dependable, and the Neuralink device can be withdrawn securely.”
“We plan to have this in our first humans next year, pending FDA approval, which will be patients with severe spinal-cord injuries like tetraplegics and quadriplegics.”
Elon went on to say that Neuralink’s “standards for implanting the device are significantly greater than what the FDA demands,” according to the crowd.