Neuralink Founder Elon Musk Says It Can ‘Safely’ Start Implanting Its Brain Chips In Humans By 2022

Elon Musk said Neuralink, a brain-interface technology company he co-founded, is hoping to start implanting its microchips in humans next year. In a live broadcast interview at The Wall Street Journal CEO Council Summit on Monday, Musk announced that Neuralink hopes to start implanting chips in 2022. Musk went on to say that they’ve been testing Neuralink in monkeys and confirmed that it’s ‘very safe and reliable. He also clarified that the Neuralink brain chip can easily be removed.

We hope to have this in our first humans – which will be people that have severe spinal cord injuries like tetraplegics, quadriplegics – next year, pending FDA approval,” Musk said.

According to him, Neuralink has substantially higher standards than what the FDA usually requires when implanting the chips. In 2019, Musk hoped to begin human trials by late 2020, but it got delayed. Earlier this year, in February, he said Neuralink would start implanting the chip in people by the end of 2021. This time, it seems Musk is overly confident that the trials will certainly kick off in 2022.

Meanwhile, another brain-interface company, Synchron, will also start its human trials in July 2022 and have already been approved by the FDA.

Source: https://www.techtimes.com/

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