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Elon Musk Says Microchips Will be Ready to Implant Human Brains in 2022

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Elon Musk hopes to be able to implant microchips into human brains as early as next year. Unfortunately, next year is later than he had originally hoped. Neuralink, the brain-interface technology, was co-founded by Musk in 2016.

Neuralink has been developing “a chip that would be implanted in people’s brains to simultaneously record and stimulate brain activity. It’s intended to have medical applications, such as treating serious spinal-cord injuries and neurological disorders” reports Business Insider.

Musk said the first recipients to receive the chips will be people with severe spinal cord, pending FDA approval. When discussing Neuralink during a live-streamed interview at The Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council Summit on Monday, Musk stated, “Neuralink’s working well in monkeys, and we’re actually doing just a lot of testing and just confirming that it’s very safe and reliable, and the Neuralink device can be removed safely.”

The billionaire added that Neuralink’s “standards for implanting the device are substantially higher than what the FDA requires.” Business Insider writes that Musk has a history of “over-promising and under-delivering on project timelines.”

In 2019 Musk hoped Neuralink could begin human testing by the end of 2020. In February of this year, he stated implants could start in humans by the end of 2021. On Twitter, however, he reiterated his belief that 2022 will in fact be when implanting can begin.

“Progress will accelerate when we have devices in humans (hard to have nuanced conversations with monkeys) next year” Musk tweeted Monday evening.

In April, Neuralink released a video showing a monkey playing a video game using one of its devices. “After raising $205 million in July, Neuralink said it would channel the funds towards developing its chip so it could allow quadriplegics to control digital devices with their minds” reports Business Insider.

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  1. Daniel

    December 8, 2021 at 5:39 pm

    That’s too bad. Normally I’d be first in line. Except this is today and I put this in the Covid vaccine class. Through my dead cold hands you will.

  2. doug

    December 8, 2021 at 8:41 pm

    the mark of the beast will be placed on the forehead or the hand. Not in the brain. Shiny objects.

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