Elon Musk’s brain implant has sparked immense interest, drawing thousands of individuals eager to receive the device. Neuralink, co-founded by Musk in 2016, has plans to conduct surgeries on 11 people in the coming year and aims to reach over 22,000 by 2030.
The company, which gained FDA approval for human trials earlier this year, initially focuses on individuals facing paralysis in all four limbs due to spinal cord injuries, or ALS. Musk describes the device as a “Fitbit in your skull,” aiming for seamless integration between humans and machines, allowing actions such as messaging or gaming through mere thoughts.
Neuralink has performed 155 implantation surgeries on various animal subjects, utilizing a robot. The company strives to automate the entire surgery process without human intervention.
According to a recent report by Ashlee Vance, one of Elon Musk’s biographers, thousands of individuals have shown interest in receiving Neuralink’s brain implants. Despite this, the company is yet to implant the device in a human. The FDA had earlier declined Neuralink’s human testing proposal in March, raising concerns about wire movements within the brain or potential chip overheating.
Neuralink, founded by Musk, has received FDA approval for human trials, offering a brain chip that could facilitate activities ranging from telepathic communication to mind-operated gaming. However, the company’s initial goal is to assist people with severe neurological conditions by enabling device control and communication through brain activity alone.
Elon Musk’s brain chip startup received FDA approval to carry out human trials with the goal of assisting people with severe neurological disorders to control devices using their brain activity.
If you wish to participate in Neuralink’s human trials, specific conditions are required, including quadriplegia, paraplegia, visual impairment, aphasia, hearing impairment, or major limb amputation, as outlined in the application.
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