Neuralink lines up clinical trials in humans
GS Paper - 3 (Science and Technology)
The billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk’s brain chip startup Neuralink is preparing to launch clinical trials in humans. Musk, who co-founded Neuralink in 2016, has promised that the technology “will enable someone with paralysis to use a smartphone with their mind faster than someone using thumbs”.
- The company which has already successfully implanted artificial intelligence microchips in the brains of a macaque monkey named Pager and a pig named Gertrude, is now recruiting for a “clinical trial director” to run tests of the technology in humans.
- The device would be “implanted flush with skull & charges wirelessly, so you look and feel totally normal”.
- Neuralink has previously released a video of a monkey that had been implanted with the chip playing the video game Pong using only its mind.
- The main aim of the Neuralink project is to provide a direct connection between a brain and a computer to overcome the power of Artificial Intelligence (AI), using a "sewing machine-like" device to stitch threads to an implanted brain chip.
- Neuralink's brain chip technology would allow people to stream music into their brains effortlessly.
- The chip would be able to control hormone levels, which would have the potential to help with anxiety relief, among other things.
- Musk has often criticised the over-reliance on AI and the potential danger it poses.
- He recently claimed that AI will be "vastly smarter" than any human and would overtake us by 2025.