Of all the businesses Elon Musk owns, Tesla’s cars, SpaceX’s rockets, and the social network Twitter are the most well-known and media-covered. But none is as intriguing as Neuralink, that project that aims to get inside our heads.
Neuralink has announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the launch of its first clinical study in humans. This is a significant milestone for the company.
“We are excited to share that we have received FDA approval to launch our first clinical study in humans!” wrote Neuralink’s official Twitter account on Thursday.
“This is the result of the incredible work done by the Neuralink team in close collaboration with the FDA, and it represents an important first step that will someday enable our technology to help many people.”
Years of FDA rejection
It appears that last year, the FDA rejected a previous request from Neuralink to initiate human trials, citing “dozens of concerns that the company needed to address.”
Among them, there were concerns that the wires could shift and damage the brain, that the brain could be harmed when removing the device, and potential issues with its lithium battery.
Neuralink is also under investigation for violations of animal welfare, with reports of sloppy experiments that caused unnecessary suffering and deaths.
It seems that surgeons used improper surgical tools, implanted Neuralink devices in incorrect locations, and used devices of inappropriate sizes.
He has not started recruiting and there are already volunteers for his experiments
Neuralink, the neurotechnology company, is not currently recruiting subjects for the trials and has not revealed any information about the exact nature of the clinical trial.
Nevertheless, fans of Neuralink’s founder, Elon Musk, are already eager to have the experimental technology implanted in their brains.
Neuralink’s goal is to develop implantable devices that can interface with computers using the brain and restore vision or mobility to disabled individuals.
However, while this may sound exciting for people with disabilities, there are serious concerns surrounding Neuralink’s brain chips. The future could be thrilling… or very ominous.
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