The Future. People are apparently lining up to have Elon Musk’s Neuralink chip implanted in their brains. With the goal of helping people use their minds to send messages, play games, and fight back against Terminators, Neuralink may hope the Musk branding gives it a boost in the chip-to-brain market… even if it isn’t the first company to get to market.
“Fitbit in your skull”
That’s what co-founder Elon Musk has called Neuralink’s proprietary device, which is set for human trials in the very near future.
- According to a report from Bloomberg, thousands of people have already expressed interest in joining a human trial — which the company received earlier this year from the FDA.
- Neuralink started human-trial recruitment in September and is looking for people with paralysis in all four limbs due to spinal injuries or ALS — a group that Musk believes would be the most open to pushing for the procedure.
- Despite the interest, Neuralink says it’s still looking for that perfect first-test subject to undergo the removal of a piece of their skull to be replaced by the device, which contains 64 thinner-than-hair threads that attach to the brain.
Neuralink plans to test the device on 11 humans next year, and over 22,000 by 2030… with all of the operations potentially done solely by robots. That’s a big jump, to say the least.
But the rush is to keep pace with Musk’s belief that humans need a software update on the off chance that AI beings are created that are unfriendly to humans.