Neuralink is an electrical device, also known as a Brain-Machine Interface, which will be inserted in brain with the help of robotics by neurosurgeons. This device would let human brains to communicate directly with computers and smartphones.
San Francisco: On Thursday, Elon Musk’s Neuralink start-up said it has got its approval from US regulators to test its brain implants in people. Musk said during a presentation in a December that the aim of this Neuralink implant is to enable human brain to communicate with computers and smartphones directly, without having to touch it.
He furthermore added, “We’ve been working hard to be ready for our first human (implant), and obviously we want to be extremely careful and certain that it will work well before putting a device in a human,”
In a twitter post Neuralink stated that they’re agitated to partake that they’ve entered the FDA( Food and Drug Administration) blessing to launch their first- in-human clinical study. still, reclamation for a clinical trial isn’t yet open.
Musk, who recently bought twitter, and is also an owner of SpaceX, Tesla and multiple other companies is known for its ambitious personality, and making ambitious claims regarding his company, with many such forecasts which ultimately fail to pan out.
Elon founded the Neuralink start-up in 2016 and company has ever since been working on developing this technology. In July 2019, Musk stated that the company would be able to do its first clinical test on humans by 2020.
Musk claimed that the process is difficult and beyond the abilities of even exceptionally skilled human hands. Neuralink will use its specially created robots to do the speedy and accurate implantation of the device into the cortex, as it will be done by a robot.
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Musk stated that his company will try to use the implants to help those who have lost their vision and mobility regain their abilities. The person being operated on would be under partial anesthesia throughout the surgery, and once the procedure had been through, the exposed section of the skull would be covered with the chipset module. In addition, Musk claimed that once the device is in place, there won’t be any cables or antennae sticking out from your head.
A microscope and 24-micron-sized needles will be used by the Neuralink robot to implant the module into our brains. During the Neuralink presentation, the business displayed numerous monkeys “playing” simple video games or navigating a cursor on a screen with their Neuralink implants.
According to Musk, the device will first be tested on a person who has lost their ability to control their muscles and will enable them to operate smart devices faster than someone who can regulate their muscles well.
Musk said his ultimate goal is to prevent people from becoming mentally crushed by artificial intelligence, which goes beyond the potential to treat diseases of the brain.
Other businesses are working on similar technologies, such as Synchron, which declared in July that it had implanted the nation’s first brain-machine interface.