UpdatedDecember 1, 2022, 09:39 am
Elon MuskConnected human brain implants in six months
On Wednesday, the multibillionaire estimated that his startup Neuralink could implant its first connected device into the human brain in a very short time.
“We obviously want to be very careful and make sure it works, but we have submitted all of our paperwork to the FDA and we believe that by six months we will be able to implant our first human implant,” said Elon Musk, head of Tesla, SpaceX (space shuttles) and other startups on Wednesday during a Neuralink progress presentation.
“Now we are confident that the Neuralink device is ready for humans, so the timing is subject to the FDA approval process,” he then explained on Twitter, the social network where he bought it a month ago. The purpose of these implants will be the ability to communicate directly with computers through thought.
The billionaire is accustomed to risky predictions, in particular, about the autonomy of Tesla electric vehicles. In July 2019, he estimated that Neuralink would be able to conduct its first human trials in 2020. But so far, coin-sized prototypes have been implanted in animal skulls.
Thus, some monkeys can “play” video games or “type” words on the screen simply by following the movement of the cursor on the screen with their eyes.
Humans versus AI
On Wednesday, Elon Musk and Neuralink engineers also summed up the startup’s latest achievements in the development of a surgical robot and the development of other implants that will be installed in the spinal cord or eyes to restore mobility or vision.
Beyond the potential for treating neurological diseases, Elon Musk’s ultimate goal is to ensure that AI systems don’t overwhelm people intellectually.
Other companies are working to control computers with thought, such as Synchron, which announced in July that it had implemented a brain-machine interface for the first time in the US.
In recent months, Elon Musk has urged his employees to work faster. “We are all going to die before anything useful happens,” he told the Neuralink team during the meeting, according to Bloomberg. It is assumed that the annual Neuralink conference will be used to create vacancies for hiring various specialists.
Elon Musk recently fired more than half of Twitter’s employees, as well as social media executives who publicly expressed opinions that contradicted him, and asked the remaining employees to take on an “extremely intensive” job.