Tech billionaire Elon Musk said on Wednesday one of his companies will be able to implant a device in the human brain in the next six months to enable communication with computers.
He said the interface produced by Musk’s startup Neuralink will allow users to communicate directly with computers through their thoughts.
Elon Musk said he plans to buy one of the chips himself.
“I think we’ve filed most of our paperwork with the FDA (US Food and Drug Administration) and we think maybe in about six In a few months, we will be able to have the first Neuralink in humans.”
“We’ve been working hard to get ready for the first human transplant, and obviously we want to be extremely careful and make sure it’s working properly before we put a device in. on people,” he said.
Musk – who bought Twitter last month and also owns SpaceX, Tesla and several others – is known for making ambitious predictions about his companies, but some predictions have does not come true.
In July 2019, he announced that Neuralink would be able to perform the first human trials in 2020.
Prototypes, about the size of a dime, were implanted in the skulls of monkeys.
At the Neuralink presentation, the company had some monkeys “play” basic video games or move the cursor on the screen via their Neuralink implant.
Musk said the company will try to use the implant to restore vision and mobility in people.
“Initially, we’re going to help people who can barely use their muscles… and get them to operate their phones faster than people with strong hands,” he said.
“As magical as it sounds, we believe it’s possible to restore full-body function to a person with a spinal cord rupture,” he said.
Beyond being able to treat neurological diseases, Musk’s ultimate goal is to ensure that humans are not intellectually overwhelmed by artificial intelligence, he said.
Other companies working on similar systems include Synchron, which announced in July that it had implanted the first brain-machine interface in the United States.
(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and was automatically generated from the aggregate feed.)
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