Musk’s Neuralink Wants Clinical Trials, Rival Tech May Have Upper Hand

Musk’s Neuralink Wants Clinical Trials, Rival Tech May Have Upper Hand

The future is here, sort of, as Elon Musk looks forward to clinical trials for his startup Neuralink’s brain implants. As reported on STATNews August 28, Musk has, “unveiled a coin-sized prototype of a brain implant developed by his startup Neuralink to enable people who are paralyzed to operate smartphones and robotic limbs with their thoughts.” In a live-stream to over 150,000 people, the startup brought out “Gertrude,” a pig with the firm’s, “device implanted in its head.” Gertrude’s purported brain activity was viewed while she sniffed around a pigpen. Musk did not provide evidence that the “beeps and bright blue wave patterns on screen” were really coming from pig’s brain. Acknowledging the Frankenstein-esque potential in his device, Musk said, “This is obviously sounding increasingly like a Black Mirror episode.” 

Musk said his firm has a breakthrough device designation by the FDA, and this regulatory path may allow the company to start clinical trials soon in folks with paraplegia and tetraplegia. After a “glossy video,” the demonstration included a surgical “sewing machine” robot that looks like “a giant Apple device.” They he showed the new brain implant, designed...

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