Elon Musk “Confident” Brain Chip Company Neuralink Can Begin Human Trials In Six Months

At an event at its Fremont, California headquarters on Wednesday night, Elon Musk’s Neuralink Corp. announced that it is hoping to start inserting its coin-sized computing brain implant into human patients within six months. According to Bloomberg, the brain-computer interface (BCI), will “allow a person with a debilitating condition — such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or the aftereffects of a stroke — to communicate via their thoughts.

The CEO of Twitter and owner of Tesla wrote on the social media platform Wednesday night in response to a write up by the outlet about the device, “We are now confident that the Neuralink device is ready for humans, so timing is a function of working through the FDA approval process.

Musk said at the event, “As miraculous as that may sound, we are confident that it is possible to restore full-body functionality to someone who has a severed spinal cord.” Musk, of course, is neither a doctor nor a scientist… and actual scientists at MIT recently wrote in the MIT Technology Review: “Elon Musk’s livestreamed brain implant event made promises that will be hard to keep. None of these advances are close at hand, and some are unlikely to ever come about,” the article stated, calling most of the company’s medical claims “highly speculative.” 

Neuralink’s recent focus has been on making sure the robot can perform surgeries quickly, with minimal harm to the human body. The billionaire is optimistic that one day a person can get brain implants as a quick outpatient procedure.