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Elon Musk’s Neuralink now recruiting humans to try out its brain chips

Neuralink‘s brain implant startup Elon Muskhas received approval from an independent review board to begin recruiting patients for its first human trial. The company is looking for individuals suffering from paralysis to participate in a six-year research study and test its brain chip.
Neuralink is developing a brain-machine interface to connect humans and machines by implanting devices in their brains, which allows them to interact with computers using brain activity. With its brain-implant chip, the company aims to restore motor function to people suffering from paralysis and treat neurological diseases alzheimer’s‘S, Parkinson’sand dementia through brain-machine interface integrating artificial intelligence.
The company was denied fast-track approval for human trials last year. However, this year, in May, fda An investigational device exemption (IDE) was granted for clinical studies. Now, months later, Neuralink has started taking applications for human trials.
Neuralink is currently looking for patients who suffer from quadriplegia caused by vertical spinal cord injury or ALS. The study aims to evaluate the safety and functionality of the technology, the company said in a press statement. The company plans to implant a brain-computer interface (BCI) in a specific area of ​​the brain that controls movement. The goal of the study is to enable participants to control a computer cursor or keyboard using their thoughts alone.
Until now, animals have been the subject of testing. One monkey with Neuralink’s brain-computer interface was shown playing ping pong with its brain, while another learned to type messages and charge wirelessly. Then a pig was also shown running on a treadmill.
Although the showcases have been successful, inside reports paint a different picture. Animal testing has come under scrutiny due to allegations of unnecessary suffering during tests. Former employees have described the testing as “hack jobs”, describing one instance when the device was implanted in the wrong position in pigs, leading to their euthanasia. These allegations have sparked several investigations, including inquiries into animal abuse from the Department of Agriculture and misuse of hazardous materials at the state level from the Department of Transportation.

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