Elon Musk’s company Neuralink is almost 6 months away from the first human test

Elon Musk's company Neuralink is almost 6 months away from the first human test

Elon Musk, the most famous man in the world of technology these days, said in a show and tell event (held on Wednesday) that Elon Musk’s Neuralink company which deals with brain-computer communication, could plant one of its devices in someone’s head within the next six months. This means that we will definitely not see this happening this year. He also claimed that he will plant this device in his head in the future.

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As we mentioned earlier in the introduction, Elon Musk said during his presentation at this conference that the company submitted the documents required for human clinical trials to the Food and Drug Administration a few weeks ago. This is the organization that regulates and distributes medical devices in the United States and licenses the manufacture of any medical product. Previously, Musk said he hoped to begin human trials in 2020 and then 2022. But now, our discussion has narrowed down to at least 2023.

The goal of Neuralink is to create a device that can be implanted in the human brain and use it to control the brain. In 2019, Elon Musk revealed that the company was testing its device on monkeys. In 2020, the company managed to make pigs trot with these implants, and last year, Neuralink released a video showing a monkey playing pong with its brain.

Elon Musk's company Neuralink is almost 6 months away from the first human test

In a video demonstration released at the conference, one of them helped “type” the words “welcome” (using the implant) by focusing on highlighted words and letters. Another video shows how monkeys are trained to charge devices by sitting under a wireless charger.

A few minutes into the video, Neuralink researchers showed a pig on a treadmill, which they said would help them study how to treat movement problems in people in the future.

The Neuralink devices themselves are small and have several flexible “threads” that can be inserted into the brain. “For lack of a better analogy, it’s like replacing a piece of your skull with a smartwatch,” Musk says.

In about 15 minutes, 64 of these “strings” can be implanted in the brain using a robotic system, said DJ Seo, vice president of implants and co-founder of Neuralink, during the presentation. This happened while the company was using a mannequin to show how the device might work at the conference.

Christian Odabashian, head of Neuralink’s hardware division, says:

Imagine taking a hair from your head and sticking it to a jelly covered in Saran wrap. Do this with great depth and precision, and do it at least 64 times at a time.

The event was more of a technical presentation of the device, showing how the system was built, what challenges the team faced, how the technology has improved so far, and what improvements lie ahead. The company’s researchers said they are developing a treatment that could help improve or restore vision or restore movement in paralyzed people. In terms of technology, the company is very ambitious to make sure that the device itself can be easily upgraded.

Musk said in this regard:

I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t buy the iPhone 1 if the iPhone 14 was available.

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